Channel 4 has picked up Arash Amel’s ‘Butterfly’ series with Bo Odar (WB’s Sleepless Night) attached to direct the pilot.
The series is based on the BOOM! Studios comic book created by Arash Amel and written by Amel & rising comic book star Marguerite Bennett (A-Force, Angela).
Amel is to write and executive produce the series with with ’42’s’ Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken, and Automatik’s Brian Kavanuagh-Jones. This will mark the second time that the trio have collaborated. The first was on the Sam Worthington starrer ‘The Titan’.
BOOM! Studios’ President of Development Stephen Christy, who developed the original comic with Amel, and BOOM! CEO and Founder Ross Richie will also serve as exec producers on the series. Channel 4 has picked up with a view for a co-pro with a U.S. network. Channel 4 is the home of Humans, a co-production with AMC, and Utopia, which until recently was set to be remade at HBO with David Fincher.
Butterfly is a globe-trotting geopolitical thriller, set against the backdrop of a modern global conflict. Our heroine is Rebecca Faulkner, codenamed Butterfly, a deep cover US intelligence operative who is set up for a murder that she didn’t commit. Caught in a deadly global manhunt, and disavowed by her own handlers, her attempts to get home from foreign soil unwittingly lead her to a man she thought died twenty years ago — her own father, David Faulkner, a former Cold War spy codenamed Nightingale, now living under an assumed identity and with a new family. Father and daughter, two spies spanning two very different eras, have to pool their resources and trust each other through decades of hurt, secrets and lies to unravel the conspiracy behind her predicament. A conspiracy which may have its roots in his sinister past.
Boom Studios controls the third biggest library of original comic book creations outside of Marvel and DC Comics. The company has really hit its stride this year with several television projects in development. These include ‘Protocol: Orphans’ for Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox TV,with whom it has a first look deal; YA series ‘The Woods’ to Universal Cable Productions, and kids graphic novel ‘Cow Boy’ to Dreamworks Animation TV.