It’s turning into one of those weeks that’s heavily populated by talk of more movie-to-TV adaptations. Today’s latest addition to the popular craze is being served up by FX, who are developing a small screen version of Jack The Ripper thriller, From Hell.
Set to be a direct adaptation of the original comic series by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, audiences will recognize the title from the 2001 feature. Helmed by The Hughes Brothers and starring Johnny Depp, it was a bloody, gory caper that failed to bring to life the brilliance of the source material. From what we know thus far, the TV series will hopefully avoid any further misfires.
The sole remaining connection between the feature and the serial is producer Don Murphy, who’s back to produce the show for FX. Per Deadline, Murphy always envisioned the adaptation as a series not a movie. In light of the current wave of TV series adaptations, he approached Fox TV Studios with the idea. Deals were made, and the project is now moving head as a co-production between Fox and FX productions with Children Of Men writer David Arata attached to pen the show.
For more details on the collected edition of Moore and Campbell’s From Hell comic, check out the official synopsis below. There’s no doubt that a drawn-out, detailed account of the Ripper’s dealings in Victorian London will be a gruesome delight whenever it hits TV screens.
FROM HELL is the story of Jack the Ripper, perhaps the most infamous man in the annals of murder. Detailing the events leading up to the Whitechapel killings and the cover-up that followed, FROM HELL is a meditation on the mind of a madman whose savagery and violence gave birth to the 20th century. The serialized story, presented in its entirety in this volume, has garnered widespread attention from critics and scholars. Often regarded as one of the most significant graphic novels ever published, FROM HELL combines meticulous research with educated speculation, resulting in a masterpiece of historical fiction both compelling and terrifying.