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Fox’s new Batman prequel series, Gotham may be generating some mixed critical reactions, but the show is a huge ratings hit, so it was frankly only a matter of time before the studio poured over another pile of DC Comics and ordered an additional television adaptation.
It comes as no surprise then that Fox has done just that, though the new show of choice is a bit unexpected. According to Deadline, Fox has ordered a pilot for the Warren Ellis-penned comic series Global Frequency, which ran for twelve issues between 2002 and 2004. Unlike more serialized comic book stories, Global Frequency centered on single-issue, standalone tales. The story focused on an independent, covert intelligence organization, led by a woman using the alias Miranda Zero. Deadline describes the show’s approach to the story as follows:
“The show will chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a privately funded crime-fighting operation »
- James Garcia
Warner Bros. and producer, Jerry Bruckheimer (best known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and the U.S. version of The Amazing Race), are taking on the DC Entertainment property titled Global Frequency, a comic book series written by Warren Ellis. The high-profile television project which has landed a pilot production commitment at Fox will be written by respected sci-fi writer Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape and Defiance creator)
Deadline reports the news on the project, saying “The show will chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot.”
Bruckheimer is joining fellow Wbtv A-list producer Greg Berlanti, who is behind a number of DC-themed projects including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl as well as the upcoming Riverdale, based on the Archie Comics characters.
Global Frequency is a science fiction series set in the present day, »
Fox is looking to branch out beyond Gotham, with Deadline revealing that Warner Bros. Television has been given a pilot production commitment from the network for an adaptation of Warren Ellis’ sci-fi series Global Frequency, which was published through DC’s Wildstorm imprint. The pilot will be written by Rockne S. O’Bannon, creator of Farscape and Defiance, who will produce alongside Ellis and Jerry Bruckheimer.
The twelve-issue miniseries was published between 2002 and 2004, and the show will “chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot.”
This isn’t the first time that Warner Bros. Television has attempted a small screen adaptation of Global Frequency, with The WB producing an unaired pilot in 2005 which starred Michelle Forbes, Josh Hopkins, Aimee Garcia and Jenni Baird.
- Gary Collinson
The Warren Ellis-penned comic book series Global Frequency is getting its third shot at television. A decade ago, The WB tried to set a Global Frequency TV series in motion, shooting a pilot based on the comic about an organization that attempts to protect the world from the influence of covert government actions. But the show […]
- Russ Fischer
Comic Series Global Frequency Gets Pilot Commitment from Fox. Fox is staying in business with DC as the network has ordered a pilot for Warren Ellis’ comic Global Frequency. The series will be produced by Ellis along with Jerry Bruckheimer, Rockne S. O’Bannon, and Jonathan Littman. According to [...]
Continue reading: Global Frequency: Comic Series Gets Pilot Order From Fox »
- Mufsin Mahbub
Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book authors, and his short-lived WildStorm comic series Global Frequency could make for a great TV series. The title refers to 1,001 people working for an independent, covert organization. Each of these members has a highly specialized skill, a special phone, and in a time of crisis, the organization's leader Miranda Zero and dispatcher Aleph will call and send this person on a mission. You have two interesting female characters as the regulars and from there you can cast guest stars to essentially be a weekly lead. That's not to say an adaptation is an easy slam dunk. Producer Mark Burnett (Survivor) prepped a pilot in 2005 with John Rogers (Leverage) spearheading creative development, and it leaked online. Warner Bros. was unhappy with the leak and canceled the project as a result. Now Global Frequency is getting another shot at television with Fox ordering »
- Matt Goldberg
Deadline is reporting Fox has ordered a pilot for a new TV drama based on the Warren Ellis (Red, Transmetropolitan) sci-fi comic series Global Frequency. If this sounds a little familiar it's because back in 2005 Mark Burnett (Survivor) produced a pilot based on the comic for The WB, but it never aired (although it was leaked online) and wasn't picked up by the network. This time around it'll be Jerry Bruckheimer producing the Global Frequency series, as well as »
- Jesse Giroux
Telly shows adapted from comics have gone from having a touch of outsider status to becoming the hottest programmes on TV. Until the massive wave of film-to-tv projects hits, comic books are the biggest telly trend we’ve got.
Interestingly though, Warner Bros is beginning to hedge its bets in the less-well-known corners of the comic book world. It will adapt Warren Ellis’ Global Frequency, a graphic novel from DC Comics’ riskier Vertigo imprint.
The show will focus on The Global Frequency, a privately-funded crime-fighting syndicate who, as you might have deduced, have agents all over the globe. Spearheading the production is the incredibly experienced Jerry Bruckheimer, with no less than four other executive producers (including Mr Ellis) on board as well.
We don’t know much more yet, other than the fact it joins a busy »
A pilot production commitment has been handed out for the show which will chronicle the inner workings of an organization known as The Global Frequency, a privatized crime-fighting unit that receives funding from around the world to solve the crimes that the police cannot.
"Farscape" creator Rockne S. O'Bannon is penning the pilot script based on "Red" creator Warren Ellis' twelve-issue limited comic book series. The pair, Bruckheimer, and Jonathan Littman will all executive produce.
This will mark the third attempt at a TV series based on the property following a failed pilot in 2005 starring Michelle Forbes and Josh Hopkins, and a version on The CW in 2009 that only made it to script stage.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
After the early success of Fox and Warner Bros. Television's Gotham, the network and studio are teaming up once again for another DC Comics property, Global Frequency, with Jerry Bruckheimer serving as executive producer.
Fox has issued a pilot production commitment for Global Frequency, which is based on the 12-issue limited comic book series by Warren Ellis (Red). The story chronicles the inner workings of an organization known as The Global Frequency, a privatized crime-fighting unit that receives funding from around the world to solve the crimes that the police cannot.
Rockne S. O'Bannon, who created beloved sci-fi shows such as Farscape and Defiance, is writing the pilot script, and he will also serve as an executive producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Warren Ellis and Jonathan Littman, with KristieAnne Reed serving as co-executive producer.
While they clearly have enormous plans for the cinema, Warner Bros. are continuing to plunder their DC comics catalogue for TV projects too. Like Gotham, one of their next major projects will be set up for the Fox channel. Jerry Bruckheimer will executive produce Global Frequency, based on the Wildstorm / Vertigo comics by Warren Ellis. Rockne S. O'Bannon (Farscape, Defiance) will be the principal writer.The comics revolve around a covert intelligence agency headed by the pseudonymous agent Miranda Zero. Independent, accountable to no-one, crowd-sourced and funded by mysterious benefactors, the agency's purpose is to guard against and tackle various worldwide secret government initiatives that may threaten the public at large. Agents are unknown even to each other until they're placed on assigments together, and the cases they face range from the paramilitary to the paranormal.There was actually a TV pilot once before in 2005, overseen by reality TV mogul »
According to Deadline, Fox has committed to producing a pilot to another DC Comics-inspired property. "Global Frequency," based on the 12-issue mini-series of the same name published by DC Comics' Wildstorm Publications, centers around a secret global organization that solves crimes by enlisting the services of 1,001 operatives. It was created by comic book writer Warren Ellis ("Red"), who will also be an executive produder for the show, along with Jerry Bruckheimer, Rockne S. O'Bannon and Jonathan Littman. O'Bannon, the creator of Farscape and Defiance, will be writing the pilot. If this feels like deja vu, it's because in 2005 Survivor producer, Mark Burnett, produced a pilot based on Global Frequency. It never aired. Though, it did leak online. You can view it below. It featured Michelle Forbes as Miranda Zero, Josh Hopkins as Sean Flynn, Jenni Baird as Dr. Katrina Finch and Aimee Garcia as Aleph. In 2009, The CW Television Network »
The "Global Frequency" TV series is a project that refuses to die. Based on the Warren Ellis comic of the same name, the show first came to light nearly 10 years ago on the CW with Michelle Forbes and Josh Hopkins in starring roles and though a pilot was shot and shown around to a handful of folks, the show was scrapped leaving fans who hadn't even seen it shaking their heads.
A bootleg screener of the pilot started making the rounds, and I think eventually was even aired as a TV movie or special of some sort, and when people did finally see it, no one could really figure out why the show had been passed over. Great concept, great on screen talent, solid pilot… maybe the TV landscape just wasn't ready but someone now believes it is because "Global Frequency" [Continued ...] »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"22 Jump Street"
Can Chris Miller and Phil Lord make anything entertaining? When "21 Jump Street" the movie was announced, it seemed utterly ludicrous, if not downright insulting. Yet here we are enjoying the sequel, digging on the continued doofy adventures of Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum). What's next, a dazzling movie about Legos?!
"20,000 Days on Earth"
This documentary about writer and musician Nick Cave is just as weird and wonderful as its subject. It's a must-see for fans of Cave's oeuvre, but even if you don't know a Boy Next Door from a Bad Seed, you'll get a kick out of this strange film. Featuring appearances by Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, Warren Ellis, and Blixa Bargeld.
"The Wind Rises"
Master animator »
- Jenni Miller
Further reminding us that the Academy Awards are irrelevant in year-end discussions for the best in documentary film, according to the experts at the Cinema Eye Honors’ voting committee, Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour, Steve James’ Life Itself and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth would be among the best docu films of the year, leading the pack in almost all categories. Not to be overlooked, Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters and Robert Greene’s Actress received kudos in Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking and Outstanding Achievement in Direction while the major surprise of the noms belongs to Orlando von Einsiedel’s Virunga (presented at the Tribeca and Hot Docs Film Fests) grabbing a total of three. Left completely off the scorecard, Manakamana failed to produce a single nom. The Cinema Eye Honors winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 7 at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. »
- Eric Lavallee
Big week for Bat-talk! Last week, I published a couple Geekly columns focusing on the Dark Knight Detective. First, I drew up my list of the hundred greatest Batman comics, movies, TV episodes, etc. Then I considered whether it was possible to have entirely too much Batman at one time. And would you believe it, everyone has an opinion about Batman–and a ton of great recommendations! Read on for the highlights. Darren Franich was dead-on right in his piece 'Dark Knight Fatigue Rises,' but from just one perspective. In July of 2013, Cartoon Network debuted DC Animation's new CG series "Beware the Batman. »
- Darren Franich
Neil Calloway begins his new weekly column looking at the state of ‘British’ cinema in 2014…
*high pitched voice* British cinema friends.
According to a report in The Sunday Times, UK cinema audiences were down 8% on last year this summer, with only The Inbetweeners 2 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (both sequels And based on material from elsewhere) performing well. Apparently the reason for this is the good weather, and big sporting events kept people out of the cinema. Given England’s World Cup performance, I’m surprised more people didn’t decide to shut themselves away in dark theatres away from the action, or lack of it, from Roy Hodgson’s team.
Still, it’s not all bad, according to the BFI statistical yearbook for 2014, which looks at the UK film industry in 2013, the film industry has doubled its Gdp in the past twenty years, contributing £2.9 billion »
- Oliver Davis
I love comics. (Surprise! Or not.) I love all kinds of comics. And that includes material published by Viz, Vertical, Yen Press… Oh dear. I must mean… manga.
Even fans of American comics look at manga with disdain. They roll their eyes and pick up their single issues and graphic novels, snubbing black and white volumes, intentionally avoiding what has somehow become a “teen market”. But, surprise (for real this time): not all manga is about magical schoolgirls traveling through sparkly dimensions. Manga is just the Japanese word for comic. And remember how pissed off you get when people think of American comics as cheesy fairy tales about men in tights?
Manga can be just as monstrous as the latest horror movie, my friends. And here are five of my absolute favorite works—leaving out seminal titles such as Akira and Ghost In The Shell and more recent hits »
- Holly Interlandi
Universal Cable Productions is making a “Fearless” move. The production company has optioned the rights to Catherine Linka's young-adult novel “A Girl Called Fearless” as well as its upcoming sequel, “A Girl Undone,” which is due out in March, with plans to develop the novels into a series. Also read: Ucp and ‘Walking Dead's’ Gale Anne Hurd Developing Warren Ellis TV Series “A Girl Called Fearless” is set in a contemporary America upended by the deaths of millions of women from a hormone in meat. Teenage girls are a valuable commodity “protected & contracted” by Paternal Controls. Avie Reveare knows her life. »
- Tim Kenneally
Writer: Si Spencer
Artists: Meghan Hetrick (2014), Phil Winslade (1940), Tula Lotay (2050), Dean Ormston (1890)
Letterers: Dezi Sienty, Taylor Esposito
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
I read a lot of comics. Sometimes I get a bit behind, though. For this reason, every week I make two stacks of issues: the “Read immediately!” pile and the “Eventually…” pile. Vertigo’s Bodies is always and inevitably on the “immediately” pile. Mostly because it’s a damn fine book, but partially because if I were to get behind on this one, I’m not sure I’d fully comprehend the magnitude of what I missed. 24 pages at a time, in this case, is perfection.
Bodies is a masterful work in storytelling architecture. Si Spencer (The Vinyl Underground) has managed to craft a perfectly symmetrical tale of London in four time periods with four different detectives, six pages each per issue, involving the murder investigation of the same naked and tortured corpse. »
- Holly Interlandi
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