If it’s nerd-based, but also horror-inclined, it’s always a good idea to see if Guillermo del Toro is available to produce. That’s what producer Don Murphy and Warner Bros. have done, and lo and behold, del Toro has agreed to produce a live-action adaptation of the D.C. comic book “Deadman”. Del Toro won’t direct, though; that honor will go to Danish director Nikolaj Arcel, director of the inspirational-sounding “Island of Lost Souls”, and one of the writers on a little Danish martial arts gem I saw last year called “Fighter”.
According to Variety, “Deadman” will be based on the D.C. comic book character created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino in 1967. The character first appeared in “Strange Adventures #205”, and is the ghost of a murdered circus acrobat name Boston Brand, who has the power to possess the living in order to seek out his killer. Besides that little vendetta, he uses his powers to help the innocent and generally freak people out. He is called Deadman, after all. You don’t invite a guy with that name to dinner.
This won’t be the first time Deadman has showed up on the screen. He’s appeared in the animated shows Justice League Unlimited and more recently, in the new Batman show, Batman: The Brave and the Bold. For a while there back in 2000, a live-action TV show for Deadman was in development over at TNT, back when TNT was still on their comic book kick. They’ve since shaken that itch and gone strictly into TV crime sans superheroes.