There is more to the world of comics than men in pervert-tights punching each other in the face--there is also the crazy occult supernatural! NBC is poised to take advantage of the latter half of the comics world, having placed 2002 Vertigo series 'Midnight, Mass.' in development, to be adapted into an ongoing series.
The series, published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics (an imprint which allows the Superhero publisher to delve into darker, more adult-themed stories) was released in 2002 with a follow-up in 2004 by writer John Rozum. 'Midnight, Mass.' is described by the publisher as "a sophisticated, sexy, globe-trotting husband and wife paranormal investigator team — based in Midnight, Massachusetts — that takes on supernatural foes, macabre mysteries and the most frightening creature of all: marriage."
Rozum, who is also known for his work on Milestone Comics' series 'Xombi,' will not be making the jump to television scripting; the deal includes 'Snow White & The Huntsman' scribe Evan Daugherty to adapt the series for the small screen. In the vein of the wildly-successful 'The Walking Dead,' the comic's original writer will remain involved as an executive consultant on the project.
NBC is developing the series as a drama, intertwining the romantic elements of the frought married couple with a serious take on the ghoulish supernatural business they deal with. This is the second time that NBC has attempted to move forward with the project, having tried to put things together back in 2009; as 'The Walking Dead' enters a highly anticipated third season, the television landscape has certainly altered since then, perhaps making producers much more eager to put serious macabre elements on their docket.
More than just the producers, it would seem many leading actors would be eager to attach themselves to such a project, hoping to recapture the lightning in a bottle being gripped by AMC. Keep checking TVRage.com for news as the project develops and names are attached!