Coming off a highly successful 2016, IDW seemingly intends to make 2017 an even more prosperous year as the comic book publisher continues to expand into other media. Having previously turned adaptations of 30 Days of Night and Wynonna Earp into mainstream hits, their next project will be somewhat of a reverse as it comes in the form of The Devil.
No, they aren’t stepping on the toes of Fox’s Lucifer. Instead, they will be travelling back a few decades to craft a story based on the real life events of a notorious criminal. IDW themselves provided the following description:
The series is based on the novel The Devil: Britain’s Most Feared Underworld Taxman by Graham Johnson. Set in Liverpool in the 1980’s, The Devil showcases the life of Stephen French, one of the most feared men in the criminal underworld in the UK. He earned both his nickname and a reputation amongst rival crime-lords who he would outwit and rob during the emerging drug trade of the 1980s. The infamous criminal mastermind’s notorious life will be explored in this dark and gripping series.
Not surprisingly, graphic novel adaptations are set to follow. And although no creative team has been announced for those, expect Ellen Pompeo, Laura Holstein and Dave Dilley (who is writing the pilot, mind you) to serve as executive producers of the TV series in addition to IDW Publishing CEO and Publisher Ted Adams and IDW Entertainment President David Ozer.
As of now, no network has picked up The Devil, but we’ll keep you posted.