The Escapist
Credit: Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon's prose novel about the rise of a fictional comic book publisher in the golden age of comic books, will be adapted as a Showtime TV series, according to Deadline. The adaptation will be the first production through a new overall deal Chabon and his wife producer Ayelet Waldman have signed with CBS Television Studios.

Showtime and CBS are sister companies in the ViacomCBS umbrella.

Kavalier & Clay follows the lives of Jewish cousins Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay as they create a superhero called the Escapist, leading to the birth of a comic book publishing titan as the decades roll on. The story takes elements from the lives of many classic comic book creators including Jack Kirby, Bob Kane, Stan Lee, Jerry Siegel, Joe Schuster, Joe Simon, Will Eisner, and Jim Steranko.

Star Trek producers Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman will co-produce Kavalier & Clay alongside Chabon and Waldman. Chabon himself also serves as showrunner for CBS All Access' upcoming Star Trek: Picard series. He'll intends to maintain that position until Kavalier & Clay begins production.

“Ayelet and Michael are two of America’s pre-eminent writers,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “From award-winning novels and non-fiction to their television and film collaborations, they have a remarkable body of work. We’re thrilled to have them on our incredibly talented roster.”

“The team at CBS Studios is the best we’ve ever worked with,” said Waldman and Chabon. “We’re looking forward with so much excitement to this next phase of our collaboration.”

No timeframe for the premiere of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay was announced.

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