Update: This project is no longer with Universal Pictures. Watch for an update as soon as it becomes available. Bloody Disgusting learned that Dark Horse Entertainment is
teaming with Universal Pictures to develop developing an animated franchise based on two of their comics: Dreadful Ed, and it’s sequel Mary Scary. There’s no word on what kind of animation it will be, but we know that this is very early in development. With the explosion of 3-D, it appears to make sense to develop an animated feature (especially after the success this summer; i.e. Shrek). You can get details on both comics by reading below.
Follows Dreadful Ed, a very normal, nice human boy who winds up as heir to the throne of the nightmare world of Nocturnia after the Boogeyman Silas Grimm and his wife, needing a male heir, switch him out with their baby girl. As Ed gets older, Silas fears his gentle, unspooky son will never have what it takes to rule the land of nightmares and dark deeds. But rather than give up on his only heir, Silas ships Ed off to fright school, hoping his woefully un-strange little boy will learn the skills befitting of the next Boogeyman. Instead, Ed ends up learning something about himself that will shock everyone- that is except the mother who switched him at birth.
Based on the Dark Horse comics by Andrew Cosby and Troy Nixey.
Sequel to DREADFUL ED. Mary Scary is the weird baby girl who was swapped out for Ed when her parents, the Boogeyman and his wife, needed a male heir for their spooky kingdom. Mary has always been different from the rest of her peers. Maybe it’s the spider on her head, maybe it’s the snake around her neck… but something about her makes everything about her weird! And just when it really starts to bother her that everyone seems to notice how different she is, she meets someone who might be able to help her be less scary – a very normal boy named Ed.