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Tom King's Dystopian TV Drama States of America in Development

Tom King

Tom King, the Eisner Award-winning writer of DC's Batman, is making a move into television with the dystopian drama States of America.

Developed by Playground (Wolf Hall, The White Princess) and First Look Media's Topic Studios, the one-hour drama is set in a deeply divided United States that, after an unprovoked act of war, is forced to suffer foreign occupation for the sake of an uneasy peace.

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States of America is said to combine "the thrill and intrigue of speculative fiction with the modern fears and anxiety of the War on Terror" to explore "a world where the old, small differences that divide this country have become the war cries of new nations."

A former counterterrorism operations officer for the CIA, King wrote the 2012 superhero novel A Once Crowded Sky before going on to earn acclaim for his work on such comics as DC's Nightwing, The Omega Men and The Sheriff of Babylon, Marvel's The Vision and, currently, DC's Mister Miracle and Batman. His DC miniseries, Heroes in Crisis with artist Clay Mann, will debut in September.

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“How often do you get to work with a bona fide former CIA officer turned comic book writer on a project involving national security and terrorism,” Lisa Leingang, Topic Studios' senior vice president of programming and content, said in a statement. “With Tom writing and our producing partners at Playground, we’re incredibly enthusiastic States of America will deliver riveting drama for audiences to enjoy.”

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