It is being reported by Deadline that Levantine Films has acquired the television rights to Killadelphia: Sins of the Father. This is a best-selling series from Image Comics by Rodney Barnes and Jason Alexander. The series first hit comic bookshelves in November of last year. It’s scheduled to get the trade paperback treatment in June. Levantine Films is the film/TV company behind Blinded By The Light, directed by Gurinder Chadha.
Killadelphia is a comic book series written in a crime horror noir style. It follows the story of a Baltimore street cop that has to come back home to Philadephia to bury his deceased father who was a well-respected detective in the city. While there he discovers his journal that details a series of murders that could have happened by something supernatural. As he follows the leads, he is taken down a road filled with horror and mystery.
The series will be produced by Levantine and Barnes. His past credits as screenwriter and producer include The Boondocks, Everybody Hate’s Chris, Marvel’s Runaways, Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga and American Gods. He is currently the executive producer and writer for an HBO Showtime series that focuses on the 1980’s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers’ players’ personal lives.
Comic books continue to be a rich source of material for the television and film industry. Over the last few years, we have seen many companies like Netflix and others sign deals for first-look rights for some of the comic book publisher’s most successful stories. We’ve seen some of these be very successful like Image’s The Walking Dead, Vertigo’s Preacher, Dark Horse’s Umbrella Academy and Wildstrom’s The Boys.
Comic books are great for the small screen as their stories develop over single issues like a television series. This gives you time to develop storylines and characters alike. This is why a lot of comic book film adaptations don’t work very well. They have to skip on a lot of information that just doesn’t fit. We will continue to follow this series as it develops.
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