Batman writer Tom King has written a pitch for an hour-long dystopian TV series called States of America that is now in development with Topic Studios and Playground, according to Deadline.
"How often do you get to work with a bona fide former CIA officer turned comic book writer on a project involving national security and terrorism?" said Lisa Leingang, SVP, Programming & Content at Topic Studios. "With Tom writing and our producing partners at Playground, we’re incredibly enthusiastic States of America will deliver riveting drama for audiences to enjoy."
States of America is described as a story about "a deeply divided U.S. that with an unprovoked act of war has been forced to suffer foreign occupation for the sake of a tentative peace. Combining the thrill and intrigue of speculative fiction with the modern fears and anxiety of the War on Terror, the series explores a world where the old, small differences that divide this country have become the war cries of new nations."
"Tom King is one of the most successful writers working in comics today, and we’re excited to be bringing his unique voice to television," said Scott Huff, EVP, Development & Production at Playground. "With States of America, he has created a thrilling and provocative alternate reality, grounded in his firsthand knowledge of counterterrorism and global politics. Topic Studios are the ideal partners on this project with their commitment to exploring urgent and thought provoking stories."