“Dreadstar” is coming to TV.
Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink are teaming with legendary comic book artist and creator Jim Starlin to develop the superhero series, UCP announced Tuesday.
Starlin (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Captain Marvel” and the “Infinity Gauntlet” Trilogy) will serve as an exec producer and writer on the project. Ford Gilmore will also produce.
The sci-fi series will follow the classic ’80s character from Marvel’s Epic Comics, Vanth Dreadstar, the sole survivor of the entire Milky Way galaxy, and his crew, including cyborg sorcerer Syzygy Darklock, on their dangerous journey to end an ancient war between two evil empires, the Church of the Instrumentality, run by the Lord Papal, and the Monarchy, led by King Gregzor.
“Jim Starlin’s cosmic space opera is a great read, and it’s time for Vanth Dreadstar to make his television debut,” said Dawn Olmstead, exec VP of development at UCP, which is part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
“I consider ‘Dreadstar’ to be an extension of my family, so it took me a while to feel comfortable letting anyone else take care of this project,” commented Starlin, who’s worked on famous comic book characters Iron Man, Batman, the Avengers and Justice League. “It has taken some time, but I know I’ve put my trust in the right team, and I’m excited to collaborate with Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink to bring ‘Dreadstar’s’ unique brand of chaos to television.”
Previously announced, Benderspink was adapting “Dreadstar” for the bigscreen with Illuminati Entertainment.
Starlin and Gilmore are repped by attorney Harris Miller.