A live-action TV series of Swamp Thing, one of DC Comics’ most loved heroes, is officially in development.
The series is coming from DC Entertainment’s upcoming SVOD service DC Universe, and has been given a script-to-series order, meaning that if the powers that be like the script the show will go straight to series.
DC is bringing back Aquaman director James Wan to executive produce with his Atomic Monster banner colleague Michael Clear and Rob Hackett. The script is being written by Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It, It Part 2), both of whom are also executive producers.
Also known as Dr Alec Holland, Swamp Thing was created writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrighton, and first appeared in ‘House Of Secrets #92′ in July 1971. He’s a swamp monster that resembles an anthropomorphic mound of vegetable matter, and fights to protect his swampland home and humanity from supernatural and terrorist threats.
According to THR, the TV series will follow “what happens when CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be gone after all.”
This isn’t the first time the comic has been adapted for the screen. Other imaginings include Wes Craven’s 1982 film and Jim Wynorski’s 1989 sequel, the 1990 USA Network live-action TV series from Joseph Stefano that ran for three seasons, and the Fox-produced animated series from the early 90s.
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