Mercy Sparx: MGM Nabs Rights to Supernatural Comic Book Series
According to Deadline, MGM has successfully acquired the screen rights to Devil’s Due Publishing’s supernatural comic book series titled Mercy Sparx which centers around a female demon who’s hunting down rogue angels on Earth. The studio is also eyeing this project as a potential franchise-starter that is being described as a female version of Keanu Reeves’ Constantine.
Created by writer Josh Blaylock, Mercy Sparx is a female demon sent from Hell to Earth on a mission, which she must complete while hiding among humans. On earth, Mercy has an existential crisis and begins to see the gray area between good and evil. It forces her to choose her place within it and compromises her mission.
The official synopsis reads: “Meet Mercy Sparx – a devil girl living on Earth in both human and devil form. Did we mention she’s working undercover for Heaven? She hunts down angels that have gone rogue whenever she’s called in to work. But, in the meantime, Mercy’s just drinking whiskey and chain-smoking until she’s assigned to take down an angel that has fallen.”
The project will be penned by Nick Shafir and is a co-production between The Picture Company and Assemble Media with Jack Heller, Alex Heineman, and Andrew Rona set as producers. It will be executive produced by Blaylock and Scott Veltri of Assemble. Elishia Holmes and Sandino Moya-Smith have also been tapped to oversee the project on behalf of MGM.