NBC Adapting Comic Book Series REST for New Drama Featuring HEROES Star Milo Ventimiglia

     November 3, 2010

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Since NBC’s superpowered drama Heroes was given the axe, series star Milo Ventimiglia may have found a new project to keep the network in the comic book inspired arena. Deadline reports Ventimiglia will both star in and executive produce a potential series adaptation of Rest, a comic book co-created by the actor along with Russ Cundiff and Mark Powers. Writer Philip Levens (Smallville) will adapt the comic which follows John Barrett, a guy in his late 20’s stuck in a dead-end job with no future. But when his best friend from college mysteriously resurfaces with news of a new wonder drug that replaces sleep, John falls into a conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history.  More after the jump:

rest_comic_cover_milo_ventimigliaSounds like a decent high concept show, and as long as it ends up being better than NBC’s new shows from this current season, then we’re good to go. For now the series has a script commitment with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the team behind the Footloose and Hairspray musical film adaptations), but if all goes well, maybe we’ll end up seeing the series hit the air for the 2011-2012 season next fall. Personally, I’m excited to see Ventimiglia, an actor who seems to have some decent acting chops, take on a character with much more substance and range then his Heroes alter ego Peter Petrelli.  We’ll keep you posted as the potential series makes its way through development at NBC. Interested?

Here’s the official synopsis for the comic book:

Roger Robinson John Barret is a man at the end of his rope. In his late 20’s, he’s stuck in a dead-end job with no friends and no future. When his best friend from college mysteriously resurfaces with news of a new wonder drug that replaces sleep, John falls into a conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history! [Amazon]

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