Team Downey and Warner Bros. Television are developing an adaptation of Sweet Tooth, DC Comics’ Vertigo comic book series written and drawn by Jeff Lemire. The first season of the live-action Netflix series will consist of eight, one-hour episodes.
Sweet Tooth is the family-friendly, storybook adventure of Gus, who is part deer, part boy. He leaves his home in the forest to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. In the story, Gus joins a ragtag family of humans and animal-children hybrids like himself in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind his hybrid origins.
The series will star Christian Convery (Beautiful Boy, Tiger Rising, Playing With Fire), Nonso Anozie (The Laundromat, Zoo, Game of Thrones), Adeel Akhtar (Les Misérables [TV series], Victoria & Abdul, The Big Sick) and Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth, Saturday Night Live), with James Brolin (Life in Pieces, Amityville Horror, Westworld) as the voice of the narrator.
Jim Mickle (Hap and Leonard, In the Shadow of the Moon, Cold in July) is the executive producer, writer, director and co-showrunner. Beth Schwartz (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) will serve as executive producer, writer and co-showrunner.
Executive producing are Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell, as well as Linda Moran. Team Downey’s Evan Moore will produce. The show comes from Team Downey in association with Warner Bros. Television.
DC Comics officially describes the comic as follows:
From out of the deep woods and the mind of acclaimed indie cartoonist Jeff Lemire (The Nobody, The Essex County Trilogy) comes a new Vertigo monthly ongoing series like no other! After being raised in total isolation, Gus – a boy born with deer-like antlers – is left to survive in an American landscape devastated a decade earlier by an inexplicable pandemic.
Even more remarkable is that Gus is part of a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children who have emerged in its wake, all apparently immune to the infection. Enter Jepperd, a violent, hulking drifter who soon takes in Gus and promises to lead him to “The Preserve,” a fabled safe-haven for hybrid children.
Along the way they’ll have to contend with science militias, deadly scavengers, rival bounty hunters, and hybrid worshipping cultists as they fight to make it to safety and solve the mysteries of this deadly new frontier.
This bizarre and haunting new series is boldly written and illustrated by Eisner-nominated creator Jeff Lemire and elegantly colored by fellow Eisner nominee Jose Villarubia. A little boy with antlers, a big man with guns, a world without hope.