Netflix sides with masked vigilante Grendel

The streamer has greenlit the first-ever screen adaptation of Matt Wagner's Eisner Award-winning Dark Horse comic book series.
September 15, 2021

Netflix is expanding its comics-based slate with a greenlight for Dark Horse Entertainment’s Grendel, a new live-action series adaptation for young adults based on Matt Wagner’s long-running comic of the same name.

The show will revolve around Hunter Rose, a talented fencer, writer and assassin who joins New York’s criminal underworld while avenging the death of a lost love. Abubakr Ali (Katy Keene) has been cast in the lead role, but there’s no word on a release date yet.

Writer/producer Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) has been tapped as the showrunner and scriptwriter for this eight-episode series. He’s also executive producing the project with Wagner, Netflix and Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg.

Grendel is a product of the first-look deal Netflix originally signed with Dark Horse in 2019. The partners have already worked together on The Umbrella Academy and upcoming animated series Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, which is currently in production.

Netflix also has a deal with comics publisher Millarworld and is developing 2D-animated series Deadendia, based on a same-name graphic novel.

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