The man who created the big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has more stories to tell, and more partners now to tell them with.
Variety is reporting that Jim Starlin has reached a deal for his creator-owned comic series Dreadstar to be developed for a television series. The deal, made with Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Benderspink, is the latest in a line of good fortune for Starlin after a character he created for Marvel, Thanos, has become a key figure in the developing movies of Marvel Studios and the central antagonist of the third and fourth Avengers films.
“Jim Starlin’s cosmic space opera is a great read and it’s time for Vanth Dreadstar to make his television debut,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president of development at UCP, in the Variety article.
UCP is a subsidairy of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, but the outfit has sold projects to stations outside the NBCUniversal umbrella.
“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,” Starlin says. "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.”
Jim Starlin's Dreadstar was the first creator-owned series out of Marvel's short-lived Epic Comics line, and followed the titular character as the captain of a spaceship and crew caught between two intergalactic empires at war. After the closure of Epic, Dreadstar was published by companies such as First Comics, Malibu Comics, Image Comics, and most recently Dynamite Entertainment.