UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS EXPANDS GENRE DEVELOPMENT SLATE
Options Neil Gaiman's and Michael Reeves's YA Novel "Interworld" With Jeffrey Seller ("Hamilton") and Flody Suarez Set to Executive Produce Announces Jeremy Slater ("Fantastic Four") To Adapt Darkhorse Graphic Novel "The Umbrella Academy" by Gerard Way Adapts "Bushido" based on Heroes and Villains/Top Cow Entertainment Comic Book Series; Roy Lee ("The Departed," "The Lego Movie"), John Powers Middleton ("Bates Motel," "The Lego Movie") and Adam Stone ("The Voices") Will Executive Produce
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - July 20, 2016 - As TV and comic fans descend on San Diego tomorrow for Comic-Con International 2016 #SDCC, Universal Cable Productions (UCP) is unveiling an impressive slate of new development projects inspired by some of the world's most distinguished writers of graphic novels and science fiction including Neil Gaiman, Michael Reeves and Gerard Way. Furthering its strategy to develop programming that creates long-term assets for the studio, UCP will team with highly-respected auteurs including Jeremy Slater ("Fantastic Four," "The Exorcist"), Jeffrey Seller ("Hamilton") and producing partner Flody Suarez, among others.
UCP will adapt Neil Gaiman's and Michael Reeves' YA fantasy and science-fiction novel "Interworld," an adventurous tale of teenage dimension-walker Joey Harker and his quest to battle and save all people - in all possible dimensions. Everyone in the Interworld is a version of Joey, some only a little different, while others are different genders, different ages and even different species. What makes them all special is that they have the ability to "walk," or travel from dimension to dimension. This also makes them a target for the Hex and the Binary factions, who yearn to conquer more dimensions by using these "walkers" as fuel. Jeffrey Seller, producer of the smash Broadway musical "Hamilton" and his producing partner, former NBC executive Flody Suarez, will executive produce, along with Gaiman and Reeves.
Following up to its development announcement of Gerard Way's "The Umbrella Academy," a tale involving a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers published by Dark Horse, UCP also announced today that Jeremy Slater ("Fantastic Four," "The Exorcist") is attached to adapt the iconic comic book series.
Other notable projects in UCP's development pipeline include:
"The Woods," a comic book written by James Tynion IV, art by Michael Dialynas and published by Boom! Studios. Michael Armbruster ("Beautiful Boy") is attached to write.
"Bushido," based on the Heroes and Villains/Top Cow Entertainment comic book series about a young Dutch boy who finds himself adopted by a high-ranking samurai. Roy Lee ("The Departed," "The Lego Movie"), John Powers Middleton ("Bates Motel," "The Lego Movie") and Adam Stone ("The Voices," "Sleepless") will executive produce and Markus Goerg, Dick Hillenbrand & Mikhail Nayfeld of Heroes and Villains Entertainment are co-executive producers; "The Good Neighbors," based on the graphic novel by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh and written by Barbara Marshall. Marshall, Jeremy Bell, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jon Shestack will executive produce.
"UCP continues to expand our genre slate and collaborate with luminaries from the world of graphic novels and science fiction," said Dawn Olmstead, EVP Development, Universal Cable Productions. "We're proud and fortunate to be partnering with some of the most imaginative and talented auteurs in the business."
UCP will also have a presence at Comic-Con in collaboration with its network partners. Events, panels and screenings featuring Universal Cable Productions TV series include:
Thursday, July 21
1:45pm - 2:45pm - Room: 6A, San Diego Convention Center
Falling Water (USA Network): World Premiere screening
Introduced by: Gale Anne Hurd, Blake Masters
4:45pm - 5:45pm - Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Colony (USA Network): Panel with the Cast and Creators
Confirmed Panelists: Josh Holloway, Sarah Waynes Callies, Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal, Peter Jacobson, Tory Kittles, Adrian Pasdar, Amanda Righetti
Moderated by: Retta
6:00pm - 7:00pm - Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Mr. Robot (USA Network): Panel Discussion with the Cast
Confirmed Panelists: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Grace Gummer Moderated by: Chris Hardwick
Friday, July 22
6:00pm - Omnia Rooftop, San Diego
Universal Cable Productions Comic-Con Party (by invitation only)
Saturday, July 23
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
The Magicians (Syfy): Consumer Panel
Confirmed Panelists: John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Jade Tailor, Rick Worthy
Moderated by: Author Lev Grossman
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
Incorporated (Syfy): Premiere Screening of first episode
Introduced by: Ted Humphrey, Pastor Brothers
About Universal Cable Productions:
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP's programming can be seen across various networks including the Golden Globe and Peabody award-winning drama "Mr. Robot," "Colony," "Playing House," "Royal Pains" and "Suits" on USA Network; "The Magicians," "12 Monkeys," and "Killjoys" on Syfy; "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce" on Bravo; "The Royals," on E!; and "Difficult People," on Hulu. UCP's content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning "Monk" as well as "Psych" and "Battlestar Galactica." Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.