Grandville is a Hugo Award-nominated British graphic novel series written and drawn by comic book creator Bryan Talbot. It is a mixture of the steampunk, alternative history and thriller genres, set in a world in which France won the Napoleonic Wars and invaded Britain, and in which the world is populated mostly by anthropomorphic animals. The main character is Detective Inspector Archibald “Archie” LeBrock of Scotland Yard, a British anthropomorphic badger.
The plot of the first book saw LeBrock investigating a murder which leads him to visit “Grandville” (Paris) in order to solve the crime, which itself leads him to uncover a political conspiracy. In the second volume, Grandville Mon Amour, LeBrock attempts to track down an escaped serial killer that he previously brought to justice. A fifth and final volume, Grandville: Force Majeure, is planned for November.
And ahead of that release it has been announced that Euston Films has bought the option for a TV series based on the world of Grandville.
Intended to be a mixture of live action, with CGI for animal and other effects, writer Julian Simpson developing the graphic novels under the collective title Grandville and are currently in the process of attaching a director.
Euston Films was relaunched in Autumn 2014, with Kate Harwood as Managing Director and Noemi Spanos as Creative Director. Currently in production with Hard Sun, a 6-part drama series for BBC One written by Neil Cross (Luther), Euston Films has a number of high-profile projects on its slate, including the adaptation of Tana French’s best-selling murder mystery series set in a fictional Dublin Murder Squad. Euston North was launched in January 2017 and is headed up by Hilary Martin with Simon Judd as Head of Development.