Image Comics is most certainly back to their TV series muscle-flexing, as the Comic book thriller Gideon Falls is set to be adapted for the TV screen. Gideon Falls is the comic book series created by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino; and Hivemind has now acquired the rights to develop the property.
The story surrounds a mystery connecting a Catholic priest who gets sent to a small town and a recluse obsessed with uncovering a conspiracy theory hidden in a city’s trash. Some surreal stuff with ghost and stuff of rural horror.
Lemire spoke on the news:
Gideon Falls is a story of madness and faith where rural mystery and urban horror collide in unexpected ways, all tied to the legend of the Black Barn. This is certainly a much darker story than any of my previous work. And the horror and supernatural elements are clearly central to this darkness. I really wanted to create a compelling mystery and a compelling world, and the chance to explore horror with Andrea was very exciting to me. But there is more going on in Gideon Falls than meets the eye. As the story progresses, there will also be science-fiction elements layered in with the horror, creating, we think, something very unique. We had worked together a lot in the past, but never on a book like this, where we could create our own world and go as far as we want within it.
And seeing Hivemind has several notable works underway, including the adaptation of the video game The Witcher for Netflix, the Guillermo del Toro-produced Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie and Amazon’s continuation of the Syfy series The Expanse – we can nearly rest comfortably knowing Gideon Falls is in more than capable hands. It will be interesting to see how they will achieve the mirroring effects that the comic itself utilises in the panel art symbolising the differences and similarities. And the barn has got to be up there. Shit was striking…
Colour us piqued.
More as things develop.