As Hollywood signs up more and more comics creators as idea factories, you may have been wondering where is Grant Morrison in all of this? Morrison has been working on a bunch of abortive media projects for years, and finally got a TV series going – Happy on SyFy, and was later tapped to adapt Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Happy is set for a second season, and Morrison is riding those good review for The Green Lantern. So the perfect time to announce that he now has his own overall deal with Universal Cable Productions, THR reports. The pact calls for developing new content, but the most exciting part for long time Morrison fans is his first project: adapting The Invisibles.
Morrison’s first project under the pact will be to adapt his long-running comic series The Invisibles for UCP. A network is not yet attached to the drama, which is set in 2020 and follows an elite international cell of occult freedom fighters dedicated to the creation of a better world for everyone — by any means necessary.
Finally! Although adapting the Invisibles would seem pretty impossible – but I never thought they could do Preacher either.
In case you missed the 90s, The Invisibles was a long running mega-series that tied up most of Morrison’s interests, including freemasons, secret societies, aliens, mysticism, drugs, altered states, the Mayan end of the word, transhumanism and much more. (Though it should be noted that the trans character Lord Fanny has become a lot more problematic with time.) It is probably my personal favorite Vertigo series, and it’s a dizzying adventure that works on many many levels. It was during writing the book that Morrison had some of his most legendary adventures, including meeting a higher intelligence in Kathmandu, a near death illness, and imploring his readers to use black magic to save the books from cancellation.
So yes a perfect TV show.
Incidently, the THR piece notes that “Morrison’s Batman title Arkham Asylum has sold more than 600,000 copies in the U.S. alone and ranks as the most successful original graphic novel to be published in America.”
Um, I don’t know about that but 600,000 copies is nothing to sneeze at.
And now I will whisper “We3.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.