After the success of USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Syfy’s “The Magicians,” Universal Cable Productions is leaning hard into genre development.
Most notably, UCP will adapt Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves’ YA fantasy/sci-fi novel “Interworld,” in which teen boy Joey Harker can travel through different dimensions. The twist is that every dimension contains a different version of Joey—some are older or younger, some are a different gender, and some are a different species. Gaiman and Reeves will be executive producers, joined by “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez.
UCP has also attached a producer to develop Dark Horse comic “The Umbrella Academy.” Jeremy Slater (“Fantastic Four,” Fox’s upcoming “The Exorcist” series) will adapt Gerard Way’s series about a dysfunctional superhero family with powers that are a little stranger than just “super speed”—one has the ability to remake reality with a simple lie.
Other comics-based projects in the works at UCP:
- “The Woods,” James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas’ story of 513 Milwaukee suburbanites suddenly transplanted into a giant, ancient wilderness on another planet. Michael Armbruster (“Beautiful Boy”) will write.
- “Bushido,” about a young Dutch boy adopted by a samurai. Roy Lee (“The Departed,” “The Lego Movie”), Adam Stone (“The Voices”) will executive produce, and Markus Goerg, Dick Hillenbrand, and Mikhail Nayfeld of Heroes and Villains Entertainment will serve as co-executive producers. John Powers Middleton (“Bates Motel”) is attached to produce.
- “The Good Neighbors,” Holly Black and Ted Naifeh’s tale of a faerie girl who has to travel from the human world to the faerie world to find her missing mother. Barbara Marshall will write, and Marshall, Jeremy Bell, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jon Shestack will executive produce.
“UCP continues to expand our genre slate and collaborate with luminaries from the world of graphic novels and science fiction,” said Dawn Olmstead, EVP Development, Universal Cable Productions. “We’re proud and fortunate to be partnering with some of the most imaginative and talented auteurs in the business.”