D.C. comic book-turned-telepic could become series

NEW YORK — Warner Bros. TV plans to produce a movie for its TNT sibling based on the D.C. comic book “Deadman,” and the telepic could end up as the backdoor pilot for a weekly hourlong series.

Sources said the box office success of 20th Century Fox theatrical “X-Men,” which is based on a comic book, has put “Deadman” on the fast track at TNT.

The writer of both the “Deadman” comic book and movie is Jason Pomerance. Story concerns a murdered stunt man who is allowed to return to earth as a spirit that can occupy the body of his nerdy accountant brother. Pomerance is also doing the rewrite of a theatrical comic horror pic in development at WB, “The Young and the Undead.”

TNT is on an original-series kick, putting big promotional muscle behind the WB TV-produced “Bull,” its weekly hour about young Wall Street professionals, which premiered Aug. 15. TNT will add another elaborate hourlong series, about a 24-hour news network, “Breaking News,” produced by Trilogy Entertainment Group, to its primetime schedule early next year.

The Gersh Agency represents Pomerance, whose manager is Gina Matthews’ Roundtable Inc. His lawyer is David Weber of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer & Cook.

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