Dynamite’s landed the license for a comic based on The Librarians. If you’re not familiar with The Librarians, it concerns a group of people who are the latest incarnation of a secret group charged with keeping magic out of nefarious hands. The show has a feel similar to classic Doctor Who, except it’s fantasy/magic-based, rather than science fiction-based and more of an ensemble cast.
The official press release quotes Dean Devlin, but perhaps more relevant if you’re reading about it on this site: The Librarians series (but not The Librarian movies the show spun off from) was developed by John Rogers, who’s done some comics work for DC and BOOM!. Notably, he’s a co-creator of the Jamie Reyes version of Blue Beetle and that comic got some good reviews while he was on it.
No creative team has been announced yet, but figure that will bubble up to the surface in a couple months.
DYNAMITE AND ELECTRIC ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER
TO BRING TNT’S THE LIBRARIANS TO COMICS!
Hit Television Series to Continue in Canonical Comic Book Series in Late 2017!
March 21, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, the leading publisher of licensed comic books, announces today an exclusive partnership with Electric Entertainment to develop the hit television series The Librarians into an all-new series of comics and graphic novels!
Based on TNT’s hit movie franchise of the same name, The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library, dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane (TNT’s Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Harlan Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as the newest protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with Emmy® winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle, who originated the role of Flynn Carsen, one of the longest-surviving librarians in the mythology created in TNT’s hit movie trilogy, has recurred throughout the series and continues to serve as an executive producer.
The Librarians first aired on TNT and burst onto the scene with a chart-topping launch in 2014. It went on to finish the year as the #2 new series on basic cable. The show’s success has prompted TNT to order an additional 12 new episodes for the fourth season, which is slated to launch later this year.
“I was hooked on this exciting series from the first TNT movie,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “Noah Wyle’s character recalls everything I loved about Indiana Jones, and the cast of the series is phenomenal. The cast dynamics and premise are perfect for comic books, and I am thrilled that Dynamite Entertainment will have the opportunity to expand on this rich world in a series certain to reward longtime fans and newcomers alike!”
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with the artists and storytellers at Dynamite Entertainment on this series of comic books for The Librarians. This is a perfect way for our fans to follow their favorite characters as they explore new and exciting stories,” says Electric Entertainment CEO Dean Devlin.
Look for further news on the release date and creative team in the coming months, with the fourth season of the hit series to premiere later this year!
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