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NBCUniversal Looks to Grow ‘Trees,’ ‘Pendulum’ With Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy
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NBCUniversal Intl. Studios has set two projects for development as part of its first-look deal with actor Tom Hardy’s production company Hardy Son & Baker.

“Pendulum,” a crime thriller set in the digital underworld about an everyman targeted by a serial killer, will be developed as a television series with British writer Adam Hamdy adapting from his own upcoming novel and serving as executive producer. The first in a planned trilogy, “Pendulum” will be published by Headline in November in Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. U.S. book rights have been acquired by Quercus, which will publish the novel in June 2017.

“It was immediately clear to us that ‘Pendulum’s’ narrative would appeal to audiences internationally, given the book is a thrilling, high-concept ride about the nature of our digitally connected society,” said Tom Coan, senior vice president of scripted programming, NBCUniversal Intl. Studios. “We are thrilled to have Adam on board to adapt the book and look forward to taking the project to buyers.”

NBCUniversal also acquired rights for Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s sci-fi graphic novel series “Trees” for Hardy Son & Baker to adapt and produce.

“Trees” is set 10 years after the arrival of aliens on Earth, who stand on the planet’s surface not moving or communicating and appearing not to acknowledge human life and society. The graphic novels follow the silent pressure and strange changes they exert on global communities from China to the Arctic Circle.

“Warren is one of the top names in comics and a bestselling author who has a terrifically subversive perspective on story,” says Coan. “It’s that unique sensibility that sits at the heart of ‘Trees,’ where he has turned the alien invasion genre on its ear. In addition to being inventive, ‘Trees’ is simultaneously epic and intimate, a combination that lends itself very well to international television.”