AMAZON Developing Female-Empowered Superhero Show Based on 'Women in Refrigerators' Trope - Report

The Refrigerator Monologues
Credit: Annie Wu (Saga Press)
Credit: Saga Press

Amazon Studios has plans to turn the illustrated novella The Refrigerator Monologues into a modern female empowered superhero show titled Deadtown, according to Deadline. Whip It screenwriter Shauna Cross is reportedly developing the pilot.

"Five recently-dead women meet in Deadtown, a purgatory where they discover that their entire lives were merely in service to the superhero men they happened to cross paths with, resulting in each of their deaths," reads Deadline's description. "Or in comic book terms, they were 'refrigerated' - frozen out of the story once they provided emotional backstory for the men. Until now.

"They start to discover their own powers, tell their sides of the narrative, and decide to write their own damn stories. And a group of seemingly ordinary women discover their own true power. It’s a subversive, kick-ass exploration of what it means for women to find their inner power – and use it."

The Refrigerator Monologues was written by Catherynne M. Valenta and illustrated by Annie Wu, and was optioned by Entertainment One and Grey Matter Entertainment - who in turn, reportedly sold it to Amazon.


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