This isn’t that common among comics publishers, but with IDW’s growing entertainment wing which has included gaming for awhile, and in the past couple of years has moved strongly into TV with Wynonna Earp and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, they are now making a jump straight from prose novels to film.
The property in question is the ‘Alex Delaware’ series of crime novels by Jonathan Kellerman, and it is the “longest running contemporary crime series” in the USA, having started off in 1985. The latest in the series, Heartbreak Hotel, is currently on the NY Times Best Seller List.
The title character, Alex Delaware, is a forensic psychologist who works with the LAPD to solve murder cases. His work partner, Milo Sturgis, is a gay homicide detective. The dynamic between the two–with Delware operating as a bit of an outsider in society and Sturgis operating as a more direct and action-based character is apparently part of the success of the novels which IDW hopes to bring to the screen, too. The presentation of Sturgis as a gay cop in the novels has also met with critical support from the LGBTQ community so far.
The Delaware series is being developed for a “straight-to-series” run by IDW with worldwide rights. Jonathan Kellerman, David Salzman and Adam Salzman, and Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producers.
Will there be adaptations of these novels into comics or new comics based on these characters from IDW? If so, that hasn’t been announced yet. But it seems like that would be a possibility, especially if the show does well.