A live-action Swamp Thing one-hour television series by Aquaman director James Wan has been optioned for the newly-named DC Universe streaming service. Wan is producing the show through his Atomic Monster shingle, alongside Warner Bros. Television.
"When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland - only to have him tragically taken from her," reads the show's official description. "But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous - and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all."
Veteran comics-to-film/tv writer Mark Verheiden is working on the initial Swamp Thing script, along with Gary Dauberman; if DC Entertainment approves of the script, the series will be ordered straight to series with an intended 2019 debut - bypassing the filming of a standalone pilot.
This would be the third Swamp Thing TV series, following the an live-action show on USA Network and an animated series on Fox Kids in the early 1990s.
DC Entertainment's DC Universe streaming service is scheduled to launch in late 2018.