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[News Bites] ‘Rachel Rises’ And ‘Torso’ Ride The TV Wave!

Some cool graphic novel-to-TV news this evening. First we’ve got Rachel Rising by Terry Moore, which has just been picked up by Alcon Television Group, the TV arm of Alcon Entertainment. Per THR, “Moore will serve as an exec producer with Lloyd Levin, a producer well-versed in the comics sphere with credits such as the Hellboy movies and Watchmen. Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Sharon Hall will also exec produce.

The book, “centers on a woman named Rachel who wakes up dead in a shallow grave. She begins to unravel the mystery of her death while crossing paths with not only friends but also a mysterious blonde woman who is tracking her and a horrific little girl named Zoe, out on a killing spree. Also figuring into the mix is the history of the local town, magic and witchcraft.” Alcon will shop the project to networks.

Next up is Torso, which has been in development longer than Earth has been in existence. The graphic novel by comics superstar Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko is still churning and has some white water going now. David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), will now write and direct the adaptation.

David Fincher was once attached to direct a studio version of this true story of Elliot Ness’ time after the Al Capone saga, when he moved to Cleveland and got embroiled in the hunt of serial killer who was leaving torsos in the river and taunting notes to police. The project is foregoing the studio route and adapting an indie approach that “will aim be to be a high-minded, period serial killer movie.”


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