Showtime Summons <i>The Damned</i>

X-Men screenwriter David Hayter is adapting Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's supernatural gangster comic The Damned for Showtime, Deadline reports.

Described as "The Sopranos go the Hell," the 2007 Oni Press miniseries follows a cursed man named Eddie who gets drawn into a turf war between three demon families that control Chicago's crime cartels while trafficking in human souls. Although the original comic and the 2008 sequel were set during Prohibition, Deadline says the Showtime adaptation will take place in the present day.

"I’ve been privy to some of what is planned for the series," Bunn wrote this morning on his blog, "and I gotta tell ya, it is gonna be awesome!"

Showtime, home to such acclaimed series as Dexter, Weeds and The Tudors, is also developing Chew, based on the hit Image comic by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

Oni Press’ sister company Closed on Mondays Entertainment will produce The Damned with the Littlefield Co. and CBS Television Studios. Hayter, Closed on Mondays' Eric Gitter and Warren Littlefield will executive produce, with Oni's Joe Nozemack and Closed on Mondays' Andy Bourne also producing.

Bunn told Comic Book Resources in March that he and Hurtt hope to return to The Damned within the next year and a half. "People have been asking us when the next arc is coming out," he said. "We're going to be doing another arc in two years at the most. We just need time in the schedule for Brian to draw it. There's another three issue series. Once that comes out, the second volume of the trades will come out. Brian and I love that story, we love that world and we definitely want to finish the story we have in mind."

The Damned is the second comic from Bunn and Hurtt in development for television. Oni Press announced last month at Comic-Con International that their ongoing supernatural Western The Sixth Gun is headed to Syfy as a six-episode miniseries.

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