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Netflix orders live-action adaptation of Dark Horse’s Grendel comics

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Grendel comic

Long-running comic book Grendel is being adapted as an eight-part series by Netflix.

The live-action project is being produced through Netflix’s first-look deal with IP owner Dark Horse Entertainment, the entertainment arm of Dark Horse Comics. It comes almost 40 years after the comic book first launched in October 1982.

Netflix and Dark Horse have previously partnered on The Umbrella Academy, feature film Polar and animated series Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, currently in production.

Andrew Dabb, who previously served as showrunner of The CW’s long-running drama Supernatural, will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner.

Abubakr Ali (photo: David-Noles)

In addition to Dabb, executive producers include Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Chris Tongue and Matt Wagner, who created the comic book series.

The adaptation follows Hunter Rose – a gifted fencer, writer and assassin who is out for revenge following the death of a loved one. However, as he goes to war with New York’s criminal underworld, he realises that joining them might be preferable to trying to beat them.

Abubakr Ali (Power Book II: Ghost, Katy Keene) has been cast in the lead role. Also starring in the drama series are Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick), Julian Black Antelope (The Flash), Madeline Zima (Californication), Kevin Corrigan (Scenes from an Empty Church), Emma Ho (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), Erik Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive) and Andy Mientus (The Flash).

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