Boom! Studios has been making waves over the past few months when it comes to announcing television and film adaptations, and that continued this week with the news that Fox has given a script commitment to Ollie Masters (The Kitchen) and Tyler Jenkins‘s (Grass Kings) graphic novel Snow Blind.
Adapted by Vaun Wilmott (Prison Break, Dominion, Sons of Anarchy), the hour-long witness protection drama will be executive produced by Wilmott and Boom! Studios’ Stephen Christy and Ross Richie. Boom! Studios and 20th Century Fox TV are set to co-produce.
Snow Blind centers on Sheriff Billy Bowden, who struggles to keep his past life of crime and his placement in witness protection hidden from his friends and family in a small Alaska town after some unexpected news about him surfaces and goes viral. While the focus of the television series is in the spirit of the source material, if you take a look at how Boom! Studios describes the 2015-2016 four-issue miniseries, you’ll see how the series has changed the book’s focus:
“What happens when you discover your parents aren’t the people you thought they were?
For high school student Teddy, life in a sleepy suburb in Alaska turns upside down when he innocently posts a photo of his dad online, only to learn he and his family are in the Witness Protection Program. A man seeking revenge invades their town, and soon FBI agents arrive too. But what if his parent’s reasons for going into the program aren’t as innocent as they say?”
Fox’s recent minority investment in Boom! Studios has been a real boon to both parties on both the film and television sides. Hacktivist (Alyssa Milano/Collin Kelly/Jackson Lanzing/Marcus To/Ian Herring) is currently at The CW with Grant Thompson and Milano; while The Woods (James Tynion IV/Michael Dialynas) is in development at Syfy/UCP with Brad Peyton and Michael Armbruster, and Old City Blues (Giannis Milonogiannis/Rebecca Taylor) is set at Brad Weston’s Makeready with Gore Verbinski and Arash Amel attached.
As for film, The Empty Man (Cullen Bunn/Vanesa R Del Rey) is currently in post-production at Fox. Expectations are particularly high for Mouse Guard (David Petersen); which has Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) set to direct a script from Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), with Matt Reeves (Batman) producing. Adaptations of Irredeemable (Mark Waid/Peter Krause), with Adam McKay (The Big Short) attached to direct Tommy Wirkola‘s (What Happened to Monday) script; and Malignant Man (James Wan/Michael Alan Nelson/Piotr Kowalski/Trevor Hairsine), with Becca Thomas (Stranger Things) attached to direct, are also planned.