UPDATE 11/16/16 5:30 PM ET: A source close to the story has reached out to CBR to dispute Deadline’s report of a “Dr. Mirage” pilot on The CW, and states that the project is still in preliminary talks, with no firm commitment in place. Keep reading CBR for the latest on this story. Our original report follows.
Original story: Apparently DC Comics doesn’t have a total lock on adapted superhero content on The CW -— the network reportedly has plans to commission a pilot for a TV series based on the Valiant Entertainment comics character Dr. Mirage, potentially adding to its already robust slate of six comics-based series.
According to Deadline, Valiant’s first TV project will be written and executive produced by Gary Dauberman, who wrote the hugely successful 2014 horror flick “Annabelle.”
The “Dr. Mirage” news is an extension of Valiant’s deal with the Beijing-based DMG Entertainment, announced last year. Under the deal, DMG has worked to bring Valiant’s library of characters to live-action — including a planned franchise of films at Sony Pictures, starting with “Harbinger.”
For those unfamiliar with the comic, Dr. Mirage was created by Bob Layton and Bernard Chang and made his first appearance in “Shadowman” #16 in 1993 before starring in his own title. Jen Van Meter and Robert de la Torre’s modern revamp of the series, entitled “The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage,” follows the adventures of Shan Fong, a semi-retired paranormal investigator who can talk with the dead, but can’t contact her own deceased husband. Based on Deadline’s report, it appears that the in-development series will take its cues from the latter incarnation.
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