Apple has finally bought its first high-profile comic book adaptation.
Or, at least high profile from the standpoint of the price tag. According to Deadline, Apple Studios won a six-way bidding war to stream Snow Blind. Based on the BOOM! Studios comic book by Olly Masters and Tyler Jenkins, the project will be directed by Gustav Möller and star Jake Gyllenhaal.
The comic centers Sheriff Billy Bowden, a man trying to keep a grave secret about himself after a local story goes viral. As it turns out, he is in witness protection and must avoid details of his criminal past coming to light; to say nothing of letting that past catch up with him in the wilds of Alaska.
Previously, the project was set to be a Fox television series from Dominion creator Vaun Wilmott. But after the Disney merger, its fate was up in the air. It seems that version of Snow Blind was abandoned as Willmott is not involved in the new Gyllenhaal-led version. Instead, A Monster Calls‘ Patrick Ness is writing the script. BOOM’s Ross Richie, Stephen Christy, and Adam Yoelin are set to be producers alongside Gyllenhaal and his producing partner, Riva Marker.
Of course, it is unclear when the project will go into production. Although studios and streaming services are still buying projects, it is all set against the constant changes in the COVID-19 climate. Indeed, Deadline notes the project entered a bidding war because Gyllenhaal and Ness prerecorded a pitch video and later appeared in Zoom conferences with perspective buyers. If it’s unsafe to have meetings about potential film and TV projects, it is probably unsafe to make them, too. But time will tell, it always does.