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X-Men screenwriter David Hayter is reportedly adapting The Damned into a television series for Showtime. The Oni Press comic, written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated Brian Hurtt, follows the adventures of Eddie, a man who is drawn into a Chicago turf war between three warring families of demons. “I’ve been privy to some of what is planned for the series, and I gotta tell you, it is gonna be awesome,” wrote Bunn on his blog.
Hayter is known for writing and co-writing on comic book movie adaptations including; X-Men, X2, and Watchmen, as well as being the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Whilst the comic had a prohibition-era setting, the show is set to be based in modern-day Chicago. According to Deadline, Littlefield Co. and CBS Television Studios will produce The Damned alongside Oni Press’s sister company Closed on Mondays Entertainment.
Hayter, Closed on Mondays’ Eric Gitter and Warren Littlefield are attached as executive producers. Oni’s Joe Nozemack and Closed on Mondays’ Andy Bourne will produce the show. Bunn has stated that he is hoping to return to The Damned comic for another series.