The graphic novel The Blacksmith is being developed into a drama series over at NBC. According to Deadline, director Jeff Wardlow (Truth or Dare) is adapting Malik Evans and Richard Sparkman’s tale of high-tech espionage for the small screen.
Blacksmith follows Alex Malloy, a man known in the intelligence community for building high-tech weapons for U.S. government agencies. Eventually, he discovers some of the files containing his weapon designs have fallen into the wrong hands, so he sets off on a quest to recover the files before his weapons are used for the wrong objective.
Universal TV will produce Blacksmith in association with Studio71, a digital media company and premium content studio, and Kickstart, the company behind the comic itself. Wadlow is set to executive produces with Studio 71’s Michael Schreiber, alongside Jon Shestack, Jeremy Stein, Bob Sobhani and Samantha Shear. Jason Netter will also executive produce while overseeing development for Kickstart.
Wardlow is no stranger to comic book adaptations. He wrote and directed the 2013 sequel Kick-Ass 2, as well as worked on FX’s The Strain and AMC’s Bates Motel. Most recently he helmed the Blumhouse horror outing Truth or Dare, and will bring the upcoming Fantasy Island movie to the big screen.