NBC Pulls ‘Red’ Out of Retirement for TV Adaptation, Because Comics
It seems NBC’s unusual attempt to get back into the comic business after Constantine was just the tip of the iceberg, and the latest will literally have you seeing red. Calling all retired geriatric super-spies: Red is officially coming to TV with a new hourlong drama from the star-studded films’ creators.
Per Deadline, NBC’s adaptation will follow the core concept of the 2010 film and its 2013 sequel, albeit with a more grounded and authentic world. The hourlong drama chronicles “Retired Extremely Dangerous” operatives and their “darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life as they simultaneously fight for and against the very organization that threw them out.”
Movie scribes Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber will develop the new NBC Red iteration with producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, as inspired by the Warren Ellis-Cully Hamner comic series of the same name, first published under DC Comics imprint Homage. The 2010 film grossed north of $200 million, the overall franchise starring the impressive likes of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Karl Urban and more.
The premise certainly might strike a chord with older, more easily-accessible TV audiences, but could a Red TV series capture the same charm as the films? Who will sleepwalk through promotional interviews, if not Bruce Willis? Watch the trailer below.