Kurt Busiek’s Astro City will finally be a television series.
FremantleMedia North America, producers of Starz’ American Gods, announced this morning that they will adapt Busiek’s comics universe into a new television program. Debuting as an Image Comics title created by Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Ross in 1995, the series of loosely-connected story arcs spans 16 collected volumes containing over 2,000 original characters. The stories explore the lives of ordinary people and those of the all-too-human superhumans in their midst, and their collective, daily struggle to hold on to hope in the face of world-shaking, life-altering events beyond any single individual’s control. The series is currently published by DC Comics.
Busiek will write the pilot with Rick Alexander. Red producer Gregory Noveck will serve as Executive Producer of the series, along with Alexander and Busiek.
“It’s a thrill to be working with Rick, Gregory and FremantleMedia on this,” said Busiek in a statement. “Everyone, at every turn, is supportive, helpful and completely focused on capturing the feel of Astro City and bringing it to life as a TV show. I can’t wait to see it all take wing.”
It is unclear when and where the series will debut. But considering FremantleMedia’s success with American Gods and the content of Astro City, a premium cable home is not out of the question. At the same time, the show would be a good fit on a basic cable channel or any of the emerging streaming platforms. We will we be watching the development of this project with great interest.