There has been a lot of movement on geek TV projects in the last few days, and we round it up here.
Eliza Dushku, best known as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has branched into producing (her credits include Dollhouse and Leap Year), and now she is set to produce and star in an adaptation of Glen Cook’s fantasy series The Black Company, THR reported. Dushku with develop the series will David S. Goyer, writer /producer for Batman v Superman, Constantine, and Krypton. The series follows a mercenary unit called the Black Company, who sell their services to the highest bidder, which includes “The Lady,” a dark sorceress who rules the Northern Empire. Dushku will play The Lady. The show is being developed by Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions, along with IM Global Television. A network is not yet attached to the project.THR reported. IDW packaged the project, hoping for a straight to series order last year (see “'Locke & Key' Being Developed for TV”), and shopped the package around to HBO, Netflix, FX and Hulu. Joe Hill will write the script, and Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Model, The Strain) will serve as showrunner. Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) will direct the hour-long pilot. There have been numerous attempts to develop the fantasy/horror series for both TV and film. Variety reported. Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hemlock Grove, Chuck) will write and executive produce the series. Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures will also produce. The series follows a group’s quest to find the Dragon Reborn, who will lead the confrontation against The Dark One. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Comes to Freeform”).The cast includes Zack Smith (Microbe), Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher), Craig Hollis (Mister Immortal), Deborah Fields (Debrii) and Robbie Baldwin (Speedball). The series will be based on the recent comic take by Zeb Wells and Skottie Young. The network has ordered ten 30 minute episodes, with plans to debut the show in 2018. Twitter account. The artwork shows the four heroes: Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist: along with Elektra and the series big-bad Alexandra. Netflix recently released a teaser for the hero team-up, which revealed the series premiere date of August 18 (see “'Marvel's The Defenders' Teaser Reveals Premiere Date”).