Deadline announced today that Universal Television has optioned the rights to Image’s Eisner-nominated The Wicked + The Divine. The comic, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson, will be adapted via Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s production company, Milkfed Criminal Masterminds. This is the same deal that will bring about the TV adaptation of Sex Criminals – the two-year deal with Universal included adapting not only their own material into television shows, but also allows Fraction and DeConnick to spotlight other creators’ IP.
McKelvie took to Twitter with the announcement:
Been sitting on that one for a while. Hey! Cool! And so happy to be working with Matt and @kellysue.
— Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) May 30, 2015
And then Chip Zdarsky, Illustrator for Sex Criminals, took it to another level:
With Both WicDiv and Sex Criminals TV shows being produced by Milkfed, that means a Milkfed Shared Universe, fyi. Suck on THAT, Marvel.
— Chip Zdarsky ;) (@zdarsky) May 30, 2015
The Wicked + The Divine focuses on members of the Pantheon, people with superhuman powers, a result of merging with the reincarnated spirit of a mythological deity. The first issue was released in June of 2014.