Italian comics publisher Sergio Bonelli Editore has announced plans for an English-language ten-episode live-action TV series based on Tiziano Sclavi’s cult horror comic “Dylan Dog”.
The show will be the first of several planned projects based on the publisher’s properties and produced through the newly formed Bonelli Entertainment label. The company is planning a wide range of adaptations, each of which will be part of a shared screen universe allowing for crossovers, but wants to retain creative control following ‘bad experiences’.
That likely includes the 2011 “Dylan Dog” film starring Brandon Routh that bombed with critics and at the box-office. The long-running comic, which has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, follows a British paranormal investigator who, with his sidekick and Marx impersonator Grouch, take on cases that usually involve monsters, ghosts, vampires, werewolves and zombies.
Sarno says the company is in talks with prospective Italian and international partners, including global streaming services, on its other new projects in this ‘universe’ which also include the sci-fi series “Nathan Never,” adventure series “Mister No,” archaeologist-detective drama “Martin Mystere,” animated fantasy “Dragonero,” and shows based on the properties “Dampyr” and “Il Confine”.