Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book authors, and his short-lived WildStorm comic series Global Frequency could make for a great TV series. The title refers to 1,001 people working for an independent, covert organization. Each of these members has a highly specialized skill, a special phone, and in a time of crisis, the organization’s leader Miranda Zero and dispatcher Aleph will call and send this person on a mission. You have two interesting female characters as the regulars and from there you can cast guest stars to essentially be a weekly lead. That’s not to say an adaptation is an easy slam dunk. Producer Mark Burnett (Survivor) prepped a pilot in 2005 with John Rogers (Leverage) spearheading creative development, and it leaked online. Warner Bros. was unhappy with the leak and canceled the project as a result.
Now Global Frequency is getting another shot at television with Fox ordering a pilot from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Hit the jump for more.
According to Deadline, Global Frequency has a pilot commitment from Fox, and it will be written by Farscape and Defiance creator Rockne S. O’Bannon.
WildStorm was a publishing imprint owned by DC Comics/Warner Bros (it shut down in 2010), and adapting Global Frequency is part of WBTV-DC Entertainment’s initiative to dominate the small screen, and they’re doing it well in terms of viewership as Gotham and The Flash are two of this fall’s big hits. However, there’s also Constantine, which is still shaky, and iZombie is on the way midseason. The studio is also developing Supergirl and Lucifer, the latter of which is a spinoff from Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman.
Shows like Gotham, The Flash, and Constantine are double-edged swords. They have decades of material they can draw from, and the first two carry brand-name recognition. However, they’re also tethered to that mythology because fans might get upset if the TV show strays too far. Global Frequency only ran for 12 issues. There’s plenty of room for creators to maneuver.
Check out some of the pilot below, and trust me that the comic is much better.