Netflix continues its reign over adaptations, as they just unveiled a series order for Grendel. The Dark Horse Comic will explore the story of Hunter Rose who seeks vengeance in New York’s criminal underworld. Yet, the further down the rabbit hole he goes, he realizes the opportunity of a lifetime. Katy Keene‘s Abubakr Ali will take on the titular role and is the first male Arab Muslim to lead a comic book adaptation. Resident Evil and Supernatural‘s Andrew Dabb will act as showrunner for the series.
He’s not the only one cast, as he’ll be joined by Jaime Ray Newman, Julian Black Antelope, Madeline Zima, Kevin Corrigan, Emma Ho, Erik Palladino, Britany Allen, and Andy Mientus. The creator of the original comic, Matt Wagner, will executive produce the series together with Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, and Chris Tongue. He had the following to share on the adaptation:
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. 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.Matt Wagner
Netflix has already produced a variety of projects together with Dark Horse. The Umbrella Academy is probably the most well-known project. They also worked on Jonas Åkerlund‘s Polar and are currently preparing for the release of their animated series Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.