Amazon Puts Jonathan Hickman’s ‘Transhuman’ & ‘East Of West’ Into Development As TV Series With Robert Kirkman
Amazon has put a couple more comic book adaptations into development the streaming service has announced. Comic book writer Jonathan Hickman is teaming up with ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Robert Kirkman to bring his graphic novels ‘Transhuman’ & ‘East Of West’ to screen.
‘Transhuman’ is a sci-fi show set in the near future which centres on a divorced couple who ran rival major corporations, which offered humans the ability to genetically and robotically enhance themselves. The comic book is written in the style of a Spinal Tap-esque mockumentary, interviewing people on each side of the marketing war, which could make for a very interesting tv adaptation!
‘East of West’ is set in a reimagined Western landscape where America is divided into seven nations. The story follows Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who now roam the Earth, signalling the “end times” for humanity. Ironically though, our best hope for life lies in Death, as he braves his fellow riders, monsters, and corrupt gunslingers in his quest to save his mortal family from the Apocalypse.
Both shows will be exec produced by Hickman along with Nick Dragotta, the artist on ‘East of West’, and J.M. Ringuet, the artist on ‘Transhuman’. Hickman is said to be penning the script for ‘East of West’ himself, but they are looking for an outside screenwriter for ‘Transhuman’. Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Sean and Bryan Furst will also exec produce through Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment.
“Nick, J.M. and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Skybound and Amazon,” commented Hickman. “We feel very strongly about each project and couldn’t be more appreciative of how far both companies have gone to make us feel welcome. We look forward to doing the work and hopefully doing it well.”
Whilst you may not know the name Jonathan Hickman immediately, you are probably more familiar with his work for Marvel which included the ‘Infinity’ arc and ‘Secret Wars’.
Amazon has gathered a huge list of impressive gene shows recently. They have a ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series in development, a ‘Conan the Barbarian’ series, a show based on Iain M. Banks ‘Culture’ novels, a series based on William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’ from ‘Westworld’ creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and recently announced a remake of Channel 4 series ‘Utopia’ From ‘Gone Girl’ writer Gillian Flynn.