It looks like NBC is ready to dive back into comic book-based material, as it was reported Friday that the network is looking to adapt Top Cow Productions’ “Witchblade” into a television show from Sony Pictures Television.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is partnering up with Carol Mendelsohn (of “CSI” fame), and Caroline Dries (executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries”) to adapt the Top Cow comic. As of now, there is a script commitment deal with NBC.
The show looks to stick close to the source material, which revolves around homicide detective/Witchblade-wearer Sara Pezzini on the hunt for a serial killer. Here’s the description from THR: “The Sony Pictures Television drama centers on homicide detective Sara Pezzini, on the hunt for an elusive serial killer, who must navigate the grisly streets and police politics of San Francisco’s Mission District — until one day the bracelet she has worn her entire life gives her supernatural insight into a crime she’s trying to solve. Her bracelet is the Witchblade, an amulet that has been worn by remarkable women throughout history, and Sara is next in line.”
With “The Vampire Diaries” ending this season, Dries will write the script while also executive producing the series with Brian Young. Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins (writer of comics including “Think Tank” and the President and COO for Top Cow) will also be along to executive produce with Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as NBC got itself out of the superhero genre in 2015 by cancelling the DC Comics-based show “Constantine” after one season. Fans of the show weren’t happy with that move, so perhaps the network is looking to get back in the still-lucrative market of comic book-based fare.
If the project makes it to air, this wouldn’t be the first TV show based on “Witchblade” — a series starring Yancy Butler in the lead role ran for two seasons on TNT from 2001 to 2002. The concept and character was created by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin and late artist Michael Turner, and first debuted in 1995. The character’s solo comic book series wrapped up its run in 2015.
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