Wicked and the Divine TV series

Now I feel dumb about not yet making time to read comic book series The Wicked + The Divine from Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson, because I can’t give you the inside line on why this might be great news. The Eisner-nominated series has been a favorite of many friends and colleagues since it debuted last summer, based on the creators’ take on gods as pop stars, and the concept and story alone seem like great material for comics.

Now the company founded by Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick — each also an oft-praised comic book writer, thanks to runs on Hawkeye, Sex Criminals, Pretty Deadly, and Captain Marvel, among others — will produce the TV series.

Deadline reports that Universal Television bought TV the rights for the comic, and that Fraction and DeConnick’s company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds will actually produce the series for Universal TV.

(We’ll probably see more similar developments coming from the same company, as Faction and DeConnick have planned to adapt their own books via the shingle, and also develop new stuff and other peoples’ work.)

Here’s how the comic’s publisher Image describes the book:

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

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