Hollywood Reporter’s HEAT VISION broke the news that Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising got picked up by Alcon Television Group. Alcon financed/produced movies like BOOK OF ELI, Christopher Nolan’s INSOMNIA, and the Academy Award winning BLINDSIDE.
Alcon Television Group, the TV arm of Alcon Entertainment, has made Rising the first piece of property it has picked up in its 10 months of existence.
Ben Roberts, an exec at Alcon, is on board to produce. Rising, with its smart mix of drama and horror, has some commonalities with The Walking Dead, including its audience. And it’s no coincidence that Roberts chased it as he was a production consultant AMC’s zombie drama.
It looks like Moore will have a hand in the production of the show:
Moore will serve as an exec producer with Lloyd Levin, a producer well-versed in the comics sphere with credits such as the Hellboy movies andWatchmen. Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Sharon Hallwill also exec produce.
The comic book—about a young woman who wakes up to find herself standing over her own dead body—really lends itself well to TV adaptation and should be a safe bet for any cable network. Of course we can only hold our breath until when we can actually see a pilot. Hopefully if this is successful we can get FINALLY that Strangers in Paradise Lifetime special.
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