The producer of Neil Gaiman's American Gods series, FremantleMedia North America, has acquired the rights to a superhero comic book series, Astro City. Their plan in to develop it as an epic live-action TV drama series.
Astro City was created by writer Kurt Busiek and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross. This is a big universe that consists of 16 standalone loosely-connected story arcs and contains more than 2,000 original characters. The comic made its debut in 1995 at Image Comics but is now being published by DC Comics. This is such a huge world and it has awesome potential as a series.
For those of you who are not familiar with the comic, here's a rundown of the story:
The fictional Astro City universe explores the lives of ordinary people and those of the all-too-human superhumans in their midst, and their collective, daily struggle to hold on to hope in the face of world-shaking, life-altering events beyond any single individual’s control.
A mid-sized American city blessed with, and cursed by, the largest number of superheroes and supervillains in one place on Earth, Astro City is described as a unique brand of humanistic saga — part superhero epic, part intimate drama — in which the (mostly) good hearted, workaday residents of the eponymous locale come into daily contact with the worrisome, the weird and the wondrous.
This series could be freakin' amazing! Busiek and Rick Alexander will write the pilot episode and he had this to say in a statement:
"It’s a thrill to be working with Rick, Gregory and FremantleMedia on this. Everyone, at every turn, is supportive, helpful and completely focused on capturing the feel of Astro City and bringing it to life as a TV show."
I know we've got a long way to go before we start to see this series come together, but I'm super excited about it and can't wait to see how it turns out!