Netflix is bringing Matt Wagner’s comic book assassin “Grendel” to life in an upcoming eight-episode series led by showrunner Andrew Dabb, who also serves as writer and as an executive producer along with Wagner.
According to a press release, “The series is a Netflix production and comes out of Netflix’s first-look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. Netflix and Dark Horse have previously collaborated on the popular series The Umbrella Academy, Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film “Polar,” and they are currently in production on the animated series, “Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.” They add, “The cast is lead by Abubakr Ali (Power Book II: Ghost, Katy Keene, and lead in the upcoming feature from Orion Pictures/Killer Films What If, directed by Billy Porter) as the titular Grendel/Hunter Rose.”
The rest of the cast includes Brittany Allen, Julian Black Antelope, Kevin Corrigan, Emma Ho, Andy Mientus, Jaime Ray Newman, Erik Palladino, and Madeline Zima.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled about the GRENDEL saga, one of the longest-running independent comics series, finally being translated into live-action for the screen,” Wagner said. “Under the sharp guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, sure-to-be stellar cast and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed with Netflix to produce this provocative adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to an all new audience and yet still provide excitement and surprises for die-hard fans. I’m especially excited to see Abubakr Ali bring the character of Grendel/Hunter Rose to life — he has the charisma, style and vital edginess that I’ve been envisioning in the role for years.”
Grendel first appeared in Comico before transition into Dark Horse Entertainment. It was originally a noir story following Hunter Rose before it transitioned into what Wagner called, “a study of the nature of aggression.” Grendel twice crossed over with DC Comics’ Batman and in 2009 was ranked as IGN’s 88th-greatest villain of all time.
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