Dark Horse Comics masked vigilante Grendel comes to Netflix in a series of eight parts starring Abubakr Ali in the lead role. Grendel will be written and executive produced by Supernatural and Resident Evilsays Andrew Dabb and forms part of Dark Horse’s agreement with the streamer. Along with Ali, who becomes the first Arab Muslim to lead a comic book, the cast includes Jamie Ray Newman, Julian Black Antelope, Madeline Zima, Kevin Corrigan, Emma Ho and Brittany Allen.
The comic focuses on Hunter Rose, a screenwriter, writer and assassin who wants to take on the criminal underworld of New York to avenge the death of his beloved, but in time he realizes that it is not necessary to defeat them, when he rather could join them. Grendel is the latest Dark Horse project for Netflix, previously added The Umbrella Academy, Polar and the coming Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles to their collaborative content. Matt Wagner, the author of the comic book series, joins in Grendel as executive producer with Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Chris Tongue for Dark Horse Entertainment.
Wagner shares his excitement about the project in a statement that read: “I could not be more excited about the project. Grendel saga, one of the longest running independent comics, eventually translated into live action for the screen. Under the keen guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, a popular star cast and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed up with Netflix to produce this challenging adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to a whole new audience, but yet offers excitement and surprises for the die-hard fans. I’m especially excited to see how Abubakr Ali brings the character of Grendel / Hunter Rose to life – he has the charisma, style and vitality that I have suggested in the role for years. “
In July, a copy of Primer # 2 with the first comic book appearance by Grendel is up for auction. The comic strip, which dates from 1982, is listed with a CGC 9.2 and is sold by Glen Danzig from his own personal collection. The original character was done in a European noir style, but developed into a ‘study of the nature of aggression’. The character has certain comments that were not immediately clear, such as that he was a writer vigilant and the old phrase of the pen was stronger than the sword on his head. In the series, after waging war against the criminals of New York, he takes over the vast network of villains lurking in the streets of the city. This original version of the character was canceled by publisher Comico and then appeared in the back of Wizard, which was another of Wagner’s works. As the character develops into a franchise, Dark Horse jumps on board and more writers are brought in to expand the world in which Grendel lives.
The character is still a big part of the Dark Horse family, having made his most recent appearance in Devil’s Odyssey in 2019. Since Netflix has largely engaged in comic book processing, there is no doubt that if Grendel seems to be another hit for the platform, when we certainly would not have seen the last of him. This news comes from deadline.
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