New TORSO Movie Deal, RACHEL RISING Picked Up for TV


Two comic book projects have made steps towards live-action adaptations, Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko's , and Terry Moore's .

On Wednesday, <a href=>The Hollywood Reporter</a> broke the news that David Lowery, the writer and director of the upcoming buzz-heavy drama , is on board to do the same with an adaptation of , the Bendis and Andreyko story based on the real-life Cleveland Torso Murderer, originally released by Image Comics from 1998-1999.

has been in various stages of development as a feature film for years, at one point with David Fincher attached. THR is saying the film is "eschewing the studio route for a lower-budgeted, indie approach that will aim be to be a high-minded, period serial killer movie."

"It’s a cool true story that very little people know of," Bendis is quoted in the article. "You think you know the story of Elliot Ness? You don't. You know the story of serial killers? You don't. And that’s how I kept the faith."


On the TV front, <a href=>THR</a> also has word that has been picked up for development by Alcon Television Group. It's speculated that interest in the comic has something to do with the massive success of another show based on a horror comic, ; Alcon's Ben Roberts will produce, and he was also a consultant on AMC's . ( also has a connection — like the show, it'll be produced by Circle of Confusion.)

Rachel Rising, from Strangers in Paradise creator Terry Moore, debuted in 2011. Moore will executive produce with Lloyd Levin, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Sharon Hall. THR notes that "Alcon is out to showrunners now and sources say the project is already attracting interest from various networks at this early stage."

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