‘American Gods’ Producers Adapting ‘Astro City’ Comic For Live-Action Series | TV News
Freemantle Media, the producer behind the Starz/Amazon Prime series American Gods, has announced that they are developing a live-action television series based on the popular comic series, Astro City.
Created by writer Kurt Busiek and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross, Astro City is an on-going series boasting a population of over 2,000 characters who have been introduced through the years throughout the saga’s 16 standalone (yet loosely connected) story arcs. The series debuted in 1995 and is currently being distributed by DC Comics.
The series focuses on the ordinary residents of the titular city as they try and live in a metropolis that is inhabited by the largest number of superheroes and supervillains on earth. It’s part superhero epic, part intimate drama, in which citizens try to hold onto hope as they come into daily contact with battles between good and evil.
Series creator Busiek and Rick Alexander will write the pilot. Should the show be picked up for a full series, Gregory Noveck will executive produce.
Busiek said: “It’s a thrill to be working with Rick, Gregory and FremantleMedia on this. Everyone, at every turn, is supportive, helpful and completely focused on capturing the feel of Astro City and bringing it to life as a TV show”.
While there’s plenty of other comic book-based shows on TV right now, arguably none have the pure scope of Astro City. Whether that will transfer from comic books to television is a question worth asking, but it’s worth a shot, considering that if done right it has the chance to take the comic book adaptation to a new level with its expansive location and clever storytelling.
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