Greg Rucka’s Stumptown is making its way to television.
Deadline reports Avengers veteran Cobie Smulders will star in a pilot based on the writer’s irregular comic book series. Set in Portland, the potential series will focus on Dex Parios (Smulders), an army veteran with a gambling problem who has turned to private investigations to make ends meet. She’s quite clever, which means she’s just a likely to land up in a heap of trouble as solve her next case. Jason Richman will adapt the comic book for executive producer Ruben Fleischer and ABC Studios.
First published in 2009, Stumptown was built as a series of short-run miniseries from Rucka and artist Matthew Southworth. Subsequent volumes were published in 2012 and 2014. Both writer and artist will serve as executive producers on the series, should ABC pick it up. Justin Greenwood and Elias Gertler will also serve as executive producers on the project.
Of course, a pilot is not a series commitment, but ABC has shown an interest in more comic book-based projects. Its attempts to develop series with Marvel Entertainment have led to the continued success of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — which Smulders appeared on as her Avengers character Maria Hill — and the cult classic Agent Carter. Subsequent attempts to develop Marvel series have not made it past the pilot stage. Nonetheless, Stumptown, with its noirish reality and Rockford Files-esque premise may fit better on a network schedule.
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