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Matt Wagner’s Grendel is getting a live-action Netflix adaptation

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This is fantastic news (if done well) as I do love Matt Wagner’s Grendel comic book. It turns out we will be seeing Hunter Rose himself, in a live-action adaptation for Netflix.

Abubakr Ali ((Power Book II: Ghost, Katy Keene) leads the series as the titular vigilante hero Grendel/Hunter Rose. The supporting cast includes Brittany Allen, Julian Black Antelope, Kevin Corrigan, Emma Ho, Andy Mientus, Jaime Ray Newman, Erik Palladino and Madeline Zima.

Based on Matt Wagner’s groundbreaking comic book series, Grendel follows Hunter Rose, a gifted fencer, writer and assassin as, seeking to avenge the death of a lost love, he goes to war with New York’s criminal underworld, only to realize…why beat them, when you can join them?

Andrew Dabb to serve as writer and showrunner for all-new series based on the popular, award-winning Dark Horse comic books from Matt Wagner

First published by Comico, Wagner later moved publication of the series to Dark Horse. Originally a noir comic in the style of European titles such as Diabolik, Grendel has evolved into, in Wagner’s words, a study of the nature of aggression.

The supporting cast are playing the following characters:

  • Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick, The Time Traveler’s Wife) as “Jocasta Rose”
  • Julian Black Antelope (The Flash, Debris) as “Argent”
  • Madeline Zima (Californication, Hacks) as “Liz Sparks”
  • Kevin Corrigan (Scenes from an Empty Church, The Get Down) as “Barry Palumbo”
  • Emma Ho (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Expanse) as “Stacy Palumbo”
  • Erik Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Watchmen) as “Teddy Ciccone”
  • Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive) as “Annabelle Wright”
  • Andy Mientus (The Flash, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings) as “Larry Stohler”

Grendel creator Matt Wagner said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled about the GRENDEL saga, one of the longest-running independent comics series, finally being translated into live-action for the screen. Under the sharp guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, sure-to-be stellar cast and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed with Netflix to produce this provocative adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to an all new audience and yet still provide excitement and surprises for die-hard fans. I’m especially excited to see Abubakr Ali bring the character of Grendel/Hunter Rose to life — he has the charisma, style and vital edginess that I’ve been envisioning in the role for years.”

The series is a Netflix production and comes out of Netflix’s first look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. Netflix and Dark Horse have previously collaborated on the popular series The Umbrella Academy, Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film Polar, and they are currently in production on the animated series, Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.

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