Wednesday, September 14, 2011

FOX Developing DC Comics' THE SPECTRE for TV

According to a report from Deadline, the network FOX has picked up the rights for a television drama series based on DC Comics' character The Spectre.  The Golden Age character first appeared in More Fun Comics #52 in 1940 and was created by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel along with Bernard Baily.

The series has received a script commitment and will center on a former cop spending his afterlife hunting down criminals on behalf of the dead and those about to become dead if justice isn't served.  There was no mention if The Spectre will be his traditional identity of Jim Corrigan or his recent replacement Crispus Allen.

Brandon Camp (John Doe) will write the adaptation and executive produce with feature producer Bill Gerber (Gran Torino).  DC Entertainment’s sister TV studio Warner Bros. TV will produce with Gerber Pictures.  Camp was introduced to The Spectre property by DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer (and former Spectre writer) Geoff Johns.  The Spectre will be the second DC Comics property adapted for FOX following the recent two-season series Human Target.

The character received his own animated short DC Showcase: The Spectre in 2010, which was included as an extra on the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD and Blu-Ray.  In this short, The Spectre/Jim Corrigan was voiced by actor Gary Cole.

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