According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is developing a series based on the Vertigo comic book Unfollow by Rob Williams and Michael Dowling. The Originals showrunner Michael Narducci will serve as executive producer and write the pilot.
The series explores what happens when an internet billionaire announces via the social media platform he invented that he is dying. He plans to give away his fortune to a random set of 140 people. One is found dead and the paranoia sets in. The comic features a diverse cast including, “a young black man trying to get by in St. Louis; an Iranian reporter in need of hope; a retired special forces soldier with an odd sense of purpose; and a thrill-seeking heiress.”
As the project is only in development, no casting announcements or timetable is yet available, but THR notes it will ABC’s comic-book-based content. It is currently developing a series based on Marvel’s Damage Control and prepping a pilot for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted.
The announcement may also give credence to word we were hearing that the DC Comics imprint is interested in TV-ready pitches set in the modern day.