Netflix has given the green light to Grendel, an all-new series based on the masked vigilante from the popular, award-winning Matt Wagner/Dark Horse comic books.
Grendel follows Hunter Rose, a gifted fencer, writer and assassin as, seeking to avenge the death of a lost love, he goes to war with New York’s criminal underworld, only to realize… why beat them, when you can join them?
Abubakr Ali will lead the series as the titular vigilante hero Grendel/Hunter Rose. The supporting cast includes Brittany Allen, Julian Black Antelope, Kevin Corrigan, Emma Ho, Andy Mientus, Jaime Ray Newman, Erik Palladino and Madeline Zima.
Andrew Dabb (Resident Evil, Supernatural) is set to serve as writer and showrunner of Grendel, which will consist of eight episodes.
The executive producers include Andrew Dabb, Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson (The Umbrella Academy, Hellboy), Keith Goldberg (The Umbrella Academy, Resident Alien), Chris Tongue (Polar, Splinter), and comic creator Matt Wagner.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled about the Grendel saga, one of the longest-running independent comics series, finally being translated into live-action for the screen,” said Wagner. “Under the sharp guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, sure-to-be stellar cast and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed with Netflix to produce this provocative adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to an all new audience and yet still provide excitement and surprises for die-hard fans.
He added: “I’m especially excited to see Abubakr Ali bring the character of Grendel/Hunter Rose to life — he has the charisma, style and vital edginess that I’ve been envisioning in the role for years.”
Abubakr Ali’s credits include Power Book II: Ghost, Katy Keene, and lead in the upcoming feature from Orion Pictures/Killer Films What If, directed by Billy Porter. as the titular.
The cast also includes Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick, The Time Traveler’s Wife) as Jocasta Rose, Julian Black Antelope (The Flash, Debris) as Argent, Madeline Zima (Californication, Hacks) as Liz Sparks, and Kevin Corrigan (Scenes from an Empty Church, The Get Down) as Barry Palumbo.
Also on board are Emma Ho (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Expanse) as Stacy Palumbo, Erik Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Watchmen) as Teddy Ciccone, Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive) as Annabelle Wright, and Andy Mientus (The Flash, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings) as Larry Stohler.
The series is a Netflix production and comes out of Netflix’s first look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. Netflix and Dark Horse have previously collaborated on the popular series The Umbrella Academy, Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film Polar, and they are currently in production on the animated series, Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.
Recent Dark Horse Entertainment projects include the Dark Matter television series for Syfy network, and the hit Netflix film, Polar, adapted from Victor Santo’s noir graphic novel starring Mads Mikkelsen. Current projects include the third season of The Umbrella Academy, a Netflix original series based on the comics created by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Bá, Coyote starring Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Chiklis on CBS All Access, and Resident Alien, a television series for Syfy starring Alan Tudyk (Firefly) based on the comic series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse.