Fox Builds Warren Ellis’ ‘Gun Machine’

Ellis' newest novel is optioned as a potential TV series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Noted comic book writer Warren Ellis has a new project in the works at Fox. But the twist is that the network bought the rights without ever seeing the source material.

According to Deadline, Fox has closed a deal to develop a TV series based upon Ellis' upcoming novel, "Gun Machine;" which won't be in book stores until January 2013. "Gun Machine" follows a New York City detective who discovers a hidden cache of weapons that soon traced back to multiple unsolved murders and seemingly unrelated cases.

Dario Scardapane ("Trauma") is attached to write the pilot script, while Chernin Entertainment will produce the project with Fox. Ellis will serve as an executive producer on "Gun Machine" alongside Scardapane, Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin.

In a brief statement, Ellis said “Chernin and Fox pursued 'Gun Machine' with great passion and intelligence, and I couldn’t be happier to be making this show with them.”

Although Ellis is widely known for his groundbreaking comics "Planetary," "The Authority" and numerous other titles, he has crossed into Hollywood on multiple occasions. In addition to crafting the stories for the "Iron Man," "Wolverine," "X-Men" and "Blade" Anime series, Ellis has also written for "G.I. Joe: Resolute" and "Justice League Unlimited." Several of Ellis' comic book series have also been optioned for TV and film, including "Global Frequency," Red and Gravel.

Ellis is also collaborating with Avengers director, Joss Whedon on an upcoming web series entitled "Wastelanders."