Netflix is no longer moving forward with a series adaptation of Dark Horse Comics’ anti-hero Grendel, with the series now being purchased elsewhere.
The Next Live-Action Adaptation of Dark Horse’s Comic Book Series Grendel is looking for a new home.
According to Deadline, Netflix has dropped a Matt Wagner series adaptation Grendel after previously giving the project an eight-episode order. The producers of the series will now have the option of purchasing the series elsewhere. The Walking Dead: World Beyondit is Abubakr Ali was set to play the Hunter Rose incarnation of the titular vigilante, “a gifted swordsman, writer, and assassin, seeking to avenge the death of a lost love. He goes to war with the New York underworld, only to realize… why beat them, when can you join them?”
The live-action series, written and produced by Andrew Dabb, was announced in August 2021 and featured a supporting cast consisting of Jaime Ray Newman as Jocasta Rose, Julian Black Antelope as Argent, Madeline Zima as Liz Sparks, Kevin Corrigan as Barry Palumbo, Emma Ho as Stacy Palumbo, Erik Palladino as Teddy Ciccone, Brittany Allen as Annabelle Wright, and Andy Mientus as Larry Stohler. Grendel was first published in 1982 by Comico, but publication of the series was later moved to Dark Horse following Comico’s financial problems. Following the conclusion of the character’s original comic book series in 1990, Wagner revisited the masked vigilante in several limited series with the most recent, The Devil’s Odysseyreleased in 2021. A new comic book series, which was to tie into the Netflix adaptation, was teased by Wagner in August 2022.
Netflix’s first deal with Dark Horse
Grendel was one of the projects developed under Netflix’s first deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. The streaming service previously collaborated with Dark Horse on the critically acclaimed series The Umbrella Academyrecently renewed for a fourth and final season, and the 2019 film Polar. Netflix is currently in production on the anime series Rabbit Samurai: The Usagi Chronicles and is in development on adaptations of mind management and Revenge Inc.
Netflix passing Grendel will likely be a disappointment for fans of the longtime comic book series and creator Wager, who previously expressed excitement for his comic to get the Netflix treatment. “I couldn’t be happier with the Grendel saga, one of the longest-running independent comic book series, finally translated into live-action for the screen,” Wagner said in a statement when the project was announced. “I’m especially thrilled to see Abubakr Ali bring the Grendel/Hunter character came to life – he has the charisma, style and vital edginess that I’ve envisioned in the role for years.”