NBC Developing Johnny Knoxville Comedy Based on ‘Hawaiian Dick’ Comic Series

NBC has purchased a script and is developing a series based on the “Hawaiian Dick” graphic novels from exec producer Johnny KnoxvilleVariety has learned.

Billed as a one-hour comedic actioner, the project centers on a Stateside cop named Byrd who is exiled to Hawaii and finds himself immersed in a dark and dangerous paradise. Tropical noir mixes with procedural elements, resulting in both humor and the supernatural.

Features scribes Paul Lovett and David Elliot (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”) are writing the adaptation. Knoxville and his company Hello Junior, Michael Rotenberg of 3 Arts Entertainment, David Janollari of David Janollari Entertainment and Eric Gitter of Chickie the Cop Entertainment are executive producing with Universal Television.

Lovett and Elliot are repped by WME, Pricipato-Young Entertainment, and McKuin Frankel Whitehead. Knoxville is repped by CAA, 3 Arts, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Janollari is repped by Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Fineklstein & Lezcano. Gitter is repped by WME, David Guillod of Primary Wave Entertainment, and Marin & Goodman.

The “Hawaiian Dick” series is co-created by writer B. Clay Moore and artist Steven Griffin and published by Image Comics. It was previously eyed by New Line Cinema as a potential starring vehicle for Knoxville with Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (“Freddy vs. Jason”) brought on to write. The next installment of the series goes into pre-sales in early 2016.

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