NBC has announced plans to develop a RED show for TV. The series – based on one-man idea factory, Warren Ellis’ comic book of the same name – will be the second adaptation of the material, following the 2010 Summit movie franchise starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. RED – an acronym for Retired Extremely Dangerous – follows aging spy Frank Moses as he struggles to adapt to retirement. Swept up in a deadly series of events, the curmudgeonly ex-agent must reassemble his old team if he is to strike back at some would-be assailants.
While the films relied on their veteran cast’s undeniable charm, Deadline reports that NBC’s show will have more character focus, centering on the protagonists’ “darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life“. The series, which is being developed as a one-hour action comedy, shares many of the original movies’ creative team, bringing along sibling writers Jon and Erich Hoeber, and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, for what is sure to be a thrilling spectacle.