Top Cow’s Witchblade TV Series in Development at NBC Universal
NBC has confirmed to comicbook.com that Top Cow‘s comic book property Witchblade is in development with Sony Pictures Television at NBC Universal.
The new TV series will be executive produced by Caroline Dries and Brian Young, who also wrote the pilot. Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz from Carol Mendelsohn Productions will underwrite the series, along with Top Cow Productions founder Marc Silvestri and President/Cheif Operating Officer Matt Hawkins.
The first Witchblade television series aired on TNT from 2001 to 2002. It starred Yancy Butler as main character Sara Pezzini. The TNT series had excellent ratings but was still canceled before its third season. Many fans blamed the cancellation on one of the actors because they had left the show and entered rehab for issues with alcohol.
Witchblade debuted in 1995 and was created by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin & Michael Turner. The story is about NYPD detective Sara Pezzini. She discovers she is next in line in a long line of bearers of the Witchblade, a mysterious artifact that takes the form of a deadly and powerful mystical gauntlet. The Witchblade chooses one woman in a generation, who must stand between the forces of Light and Dark and preserve the balance between the two. Pezzini must now try to control the Witchblade and uncover its secrets, as she also investigates the city’s strange and supernatural crimes.
Witchblade also has ties to another character of Top Cow’s The Darkness which has been adapted into two successful video games.
No word on an expected release date yet but should be series to watch for.