In an exclusive by The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like NBC is starting to invest in the comic book genre. The network is teaming up to adapt the Top Cow comic Witchblade. They have tapped Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) and Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) to start working on a script for the potential series.
For those of us who have read parts or the entirety of the Witchblade comics, this synopsis of the comics should sound familiar to us:
Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the Sony Pictures Television drama centers on homicide detective Sara Pezzini, on the hunt for an elusive serial killer, who must navigate the grisly streets and police politics of San Francisco’s Mission District — until one day the bracelet she has worn her entire life gives her supernatural insight into a crime she’s trying to solve. Her bracelet is the Witchblade, an amulet that has been worn by remarkable women throughout history, and Sara is next in line.
via The Hollywood Reporter
This isn’t the first time Witchblade is being adapted into a series. TNT adapted the series for TV from 2001-2002. The series lasted for two seasons and starred Yancy Butler as Sara Pezzini. It was also adapted into an anime series in 2014, but focused on a different owner of the Witchblade.
The Witchblade comics recently concluded its 185 issue run in 2015, giving NBC ample source material to pull from. Considering the nature of the Witchblade artifact, it would be interesting to see if NBC stays with the character of Sara Pezzini as the main character or create their own owner of the Witchblade artifact. I could see it easily going either way.
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