It looks like Global Frequency is getting a second chance at life on television. The series was originally printed in 12 serialized issues under the now-defunct WildStorm imprint, written by Warren Ellis, with art by Garry Leach, Glenn Fabry, Steve Dillon, Chris Sprouse, and more. It had a pilot in 2005 for The WB, but they did not go to series. The pilot later leaked and can still be found online with relative ease.
The CW, the WB’s successor, was rumored to be working on a new adaptation in 2009, but nothing came of that one, either.
Now it’s Fox’s turn to give it a go and they’re bringing in a pair of veterans of action and genre to try to finally make it work. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing with Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape) writing the pilot. Warren Ellis is also executive producing on this adaptation, which received a direct pilot order at Fox. O’Bannon is also a writer on Constantine over on NBC, another DC Comics property.
After three new DC Comics series debuted this fall on television, two more were put into development, Supergirl which got a series commitment at CBS and Lucifer to pilot at Fox as well.
Warren Ellis didn’t have much to say about the development on twitter, merely posting the link to Deadline’s report and saying, “Announced: my book GLOBAL FREQUENCY being adapted for tv (again!).”
Newsarama included Global Frequency in our list of comic books that would work better on TV, citing the fact that since 2005, some of the series prophecies of a global network and devices becoming seamlessly integrated into daily life have only become more true. “The world has not become a safer place, and networking and smartphone technology - key elements of the comic - were still in its infancy in 2005, now are ubiquitous,” Seth Robison wrote.