Kurt Busiek Discusses Upcoming Astro City TV Show
Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is one of the best independent superhero comics out right now. While the current Vertigo run will be ending soon, Busiek has assured fans that the series will now continue as a series of original graphic novels. As if that wasn’t enough, a live-action television series based on the comic book is in production and Busiek had some things to say about it.
Speaking with Newsarama, Busiek revealed that he is happy with how the live-action series thus far. He mentions how previous deals to bring the series to movies didn’t go too well since they didn’t want Busiek’s input. Thankfully, Fremantle does and we will hopefully see the series debut there soon.
The fact that the legendary comic book writer is also co-writing the pilot episode should also get fans excited.
“I’m quite happy with it, so far. There are various different kinds of deals, and I think we’ve run into a fair number of approaches over the years, from the producer who loves the series but isn’t that interested in working with the series creators to approaches where they want us to be hands-on with the project. And this one, clearly, they want us hands-on.”
“Having me co-writing the pilot was a selling point for Fremantle, and they - along with Rick Alexander and Gregory Noveck - have been…I was going to say “welcoming,” but it’s more than that. Every time I’ve come down to Los Angeles, it’s been a terrific experience, and it’s been fun to be in the room to help work things out. I have the advantage of being able to say, ‘Well, we did this in the comics for this reason, but the main point we’re trying to get at here is this other thing, so if we play it a different way for TV, we’re still serving the spirit and intent of the series.’”
Busiek also discussed how the creative process has led to making certain storylines he wrote previously feel different. The legendary writer seems to be having a good time working with others for the TV series and we can only hope it leads to a quality television show.
“It’s also a treat when Rick says something like, “Hey, if we take this piece of the comics and that piece and that other piece over there, and we bring them together, it accomplishes this whole new thing.” And I’m sitting there going, ‘I made up every piece of that years ago, and they’re still the same pieces but the result is very current, very much a story about today. How’d that happen?’ It’s a lot of fun. It’s always a difficult path, but I like the way it’s shaping up, so I hope we’ll make it to a series so you can see how it all plays out. I think it’d make a great series, so fingers crossed…!”
No release date for Astro City’s television debut has been announced.