‘The Damned’ Find Refuge At Showtime

  Screenwriter David Hayter will adapt the Oni Press comic as a possible TV series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

A few months ago, Showtime announced that it was developing the Image comic book series "Chew" as a potential half-hour series. And it appears that the premium cable network may add another comic book adaptation to its upcoming programming slate.

According to Deadline, Showtime has signed David Hayter to adapt "The Damned" as a potential TV series. Based on the original 2007 Oni Press comic by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, "The Damned" follows a cursed man named Eddie who is unwillingly drawn into a war between the three major mob families that control Chicago. The comic was described as "The Sopranos go to Hell" because the three mob families are all literally demons and they traffic in human souls.

Although the original comic was set in the prohibition era, the Showtime adaptation is being set in the modern day. The story will also revolve around Eddie's attempts to play the three demonic families off of each other in his bid to win back his soul.

At Comic-Con International, it was revealed that "The Sixth Gun" — another comic published through Oni by Bunn and Hurtt — will also be adapted for television as a miniseries for Syfy.

As a screenwriter, Hayter has a lot of experience adapting comics himself from his work on the first two "X-Men" films and the "Watchmen" movie. Hayter is also well known as the voice of Solid Snake in the "Metal Gear Solid" video game series.

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