Science fiction comic fans are going to rejoice that Jim Starlin’s ‘Dreadstar‘ is being created as as a scripted TV series! While not everyone out there might be familiar with ‘Dreadstar,’ quite a few should know Jim Starlin’s other cosmic creations. If the name isn’t familiar to you, he is behind the likes of Thanos, Dax the Destroyer, and Captain Marvel.
It looks like plans had originally put ‘Dreadstar’ as a feature film but that has recently been changed when a deal was struck with Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink to adapt ‘Dreadstar’ as a scripted TV series. Now Starlin is set to write and executive produce the pilot with Benderspink set to have a first-look deal on the series. Ford Gilmore is on board to produce.
The series is about Vanth Dreadstar who is the last survivor of the Milky Way galaxy. He has teamed up with a slew of interesting characters to attempt to end a war between two empires, The Church of The Instrumentality and the Monarchy. He isn’t really trying to help either side directly as there isn’t much luck at choosing the lesser of two evils between these two.
According to Starlin:
“I consider Dreadstar to be an extension of my family, so it took me a while to feel comfortable letting anyone else take care of this project. It has taken some time, but I know I’ve put my trust in the right team and I’m excited to collaborate with Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink to bring Dreadstar’s unique brand of chaos to television.”
‘Dreadstar’ was originally released as a 26 issue arc in 1982 through Epic which was an offshoot imprint of Marvel comics. Subsequent iterations were released through First Comics at 38 issues and later a six issue run through Malibu Comics. Dynamite Entertainment recently re-released the introduction to the series in full color.
Dawn Olmstead, EVP, Development at UCP says that “Jim Starlin’s cosmic space opera is a great read and it’s time for Vanth Dreadstar to make his television debut.” I couldn’t agree more! I haven’t read the entire series, but what I did read I had enjoyed!
I’m looking forward to this hitting TV though I’m not sure that I’m looking forward to the blue hoodie that he’s got on.
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