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Old City Blues in development at Hulu with Kerry Washington and Gore Verbinksi

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BOOM! just scored another development deal.  Hulu is developing the Giannis Milonogiannis graphic novel series, OLD CITY BLUES, from the Archaia imprint.  The Giannis Milonogiannis comics follow the New Athens police force after Greece has been flooded and a new city has risen on top of the old cities, run by a corporation.  What’s interesting about this development deal?  Kerry Washington is attached to star and executive produce, with Gore Verbinski attached to direct and executive produce.  That’s a couple of relatively big names attached early in the process.

The PR notes that Boom! has many projects in development, including:

• Mouse Guard at Fox, Wes Ball attached to direct
• Goldie Vance at Fox, Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca) to adapt and direct
• Imagine Agents at Fox with Richie Keen directing
• Irredeemable at Fox with Adam McKay (The Big Short) producing and directing
• Bolivar at Fox with Shawn Levy producing
• Lumberjanes at Fox
• The Woods at Syfy for a TV series with Brad Peyton (San Andreas) set to direct and executive produce the pilot.

Boom’s movie slate is all set up at Fox, which bought a minority stake in the publisher last year. How will this deal fare with the Disney takeover, some folks have been wondering? So technically now Disney owns a minority stake in Boom. Interesting.

Hulu announced today that OLD CITY BLUES, based on the hit graphic novel series created by Giannis Milonogiannis (ProphetG.I. Joe) for BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, is in development as a Hulu Original Series in partnership with Brad Weston’s Makeready TV Studio. Kerry Washington (Scandal) is attached to star and executive produce the series, and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of The Caribbean, Rango) is attached to direct and executive produce the series. Arash Amel (The Titan, creator of the Archaia graphic novel Butterfly) wrote the pilot and is attached to EP the series. Brad Weston and Scott Nemes are attached to EP for Makeready. Ross Richie (Founder & CEO) and Stephen Christy (President, Development) will serve as executive producers on the series for BOOM! Studios.

Set in the near future, the graphic novel series follows the men and women of the New Athens police force. Built in the aftermath of a disastrous flood on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a new independent city created and wholly owned by technology giant Hayashi Corporation. When the cybernetically augmented founder of Hayashi is found murdered, it seems to be just another case of cyborg persecution. But Hayashi Corporation’s strange response to the incident raises the suspicions of lead detective and the Special Police. The mystery they unravel will leads them straight into the wasteland of the Old City.

 

OLD CITY BLUES joins BOOM! Studios’ diverse array of projects in development for film, including Mouse Guard at Fox with Wes Ball (The Maze Runner trilogy) set to direct with Matt Reeves (The Batman) producing; Goldie Vance at Fox with Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca) to adapt and direct with Kerry Washington (Scandal) producing; Imagine Agents at Fox with Richie Keen directing and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) producing; Irredeemable at Fox with Adam McKay (The Big Short) producing and directing, the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Bolivar at Fox with Shawn Levy producing; and groundbreaking worldwide YA phenomenon Lumberjanes at Fox. For television, BOOM! Studios has multiple series in development including the GLAAD Media Award-winning The Woods at Syfy with Brad Peyton (San Andreas) set to direct and executive produce the pilot.

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