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Showtime Developing Vertigo's
Into A Television Series!!

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Showtime and producer Sara Colleton (“Riding In Cars With Boys,” “Live From Baghdad,” “The Painted Veil,” “Dexter”) are developing a TV show based on the DC/Vertigo comic book “The Exterminators.” The Hollywood Reporter describes:
Created by Simon Oliver and Tony Moore, the comic centers on an ex-con who joins an exterminator company, working with a freakish supporting cast of characters. A mystery surrounding his girlfriend and the manufacturer of an insect poison percolates on the periphery, and the insects are much more dangerous than they seem.
Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here. Find AICN's review of the comic's first issue here.

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  • July 9, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by argonaught

  • July 9, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Really? First?

    by argonaught

  • July 9, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    where's my Preacher series?

    by oisin5199

    Seriously. Waddup, HBO?

  • July 9, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Ironically The Exterminators was recently cancelled too...

    by Sledge Hammer

    In fact I think the last issue, #30, comes out this month. It had been planned as a 50 issue series, but low sales killed that idea in the ass. Will this lead to a lifeboat save for the comic series? Or will the TV series, if successful, simply go in the direction the comic had originally planned for, before being cut short? Interesting to see what pans out on this one...

  • July 9, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    what the fuck happened to preacher???

    by bacci40

    is it officially in development limbo?

  • July 9, 2008, 2:10 a.m. CST

    On Preacher...

    by Sledge Hammer was being developed by the man you gave the world the Daredevil and Ghost Rider movies. Are you really that surprised it all fell apart? In fact we probably should be grateful, maybe someone with an ounce of talent will be able to pick up the pieces instead. I mean who really wants to see Mark Steven Johnson's Preacher? Really? I mean what are the chances of that ever turning out well?

  • July 9, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Where the fuck is "Preacher"?

    by Holeman

    Does anyone know what happened to this show? Is it still in development? What? I love "The Exterminators" and I hope this goes to series. It's gloriously weird and fucked up and will fit right in with "Dexter" and "The Brotherhood".

  • July 9, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Liked the comic

    by spud mcspud

    This could be some fucked up subversive shit. Loving the comic, BTW. Fine family fun!

  • July 9, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Sledge Hammer...they can easily get a new show runner

    by bacci40

    the project is made for can be what carnivale was not allowed to become...and i thought mark steven johnson lost his comic book cred after ghost rider, and was no longer allowed to go anywhere near a comic related movie...and i hope im not alone in this, but is anyone else just a tad nervous over hollywood's new love for the comic? you just know the entire relationship is gonna go sour...which might be a good thing, as then i can return to going to and just a few of my friends, while the rest of the wanabees stay home....make it so

  • July 9, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Two words come to mind...HOLY CRAP!! * Sigh* it wil never happen

    by TallScott

    Anything in comics thats as good as the EXTERMINATORS will never be made into a show as far as ive seen. Sure id love to see Slim, AJ, the rest of Bug-Be-Gone and some of the most fucked up shit ive seen in comics in a long while in the small screen. But my hopes are not up due to HBO and cable dropping the ball on so many great comics that would have made aawesome series ( 100 Bullets, Y the last man, Preacher to name a few )Ill belive it when I see it. Anyone wants to get turned on to the most gory horror and eww factor bugs should check the series out. The first 4 are collected on TB

  • July 9, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST

    New Pilots on BT yo

    by ls420

    HBO's "East Bound And Down" with Danny McBride and "The Mentalist".

  • July 9, 2008, 5:21 a.m. CST

    btw, simon originally pitched this to multiple networks

    by bacci40

    before it became a comic...funny how they wouldnt bite when it was just a script idea, but once its published, they want to develop it

  • July 9, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Now official: Showtime cooler than HBO!

    by ev1ldead

    at least as long the HBO-cocksuckers continue canceling great stuff like Deadwood, Carnivale or Rome and replacing it with mediocre and interchangeable dramas like In Treatment or Tell Me instead of giving the greenlight for Preacher and Song of Ice and Fire. Now and then an event like Generation Kill isn't enough to fill that gap. San Francisco-Cocksuckers...SWEGEN!

  • July 9, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    I dream of a world

    by Series7

    where all tv shows and movies are based off of comic books.

  • July 9, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    I'm waiting for a Punisher TV series.

    by fanboy71

    Think The Shield, but with The Punisher instead of cops. Not a big budget. Just set up the scumbag of the week who has escaped justice after committing some heinous act, and then have the Punisher hunting and killing said scumbags. Simple. Effective. Maybe even throw in a Punisher task force if you must.

  • July 9, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    WOW Jaguar is advertizing on this site????

    by Series7

    Ummmmm I'm pretty sure anyone rich enough to be buying brand new Jaguar's has no idea what this site is, or doesn't have time to dick around on this site. That or they are so close to death that they fergot to do something cool in there life so they feel like buying a nice car will make up for a lifetime of being a loser. I hate old people.

  • July 9, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Wait that new Punisher trailer wasn't for a TV show? There is no way that could be considered good enough for a big screen?

  • July 9, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    They should cancel Weeds for this.

    by scudd

    This season is even worst than the last one so far, and the last one was pretty damned bad.

  • July 9, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    No Boris the Bear series?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Someone must have read Boris.

  • July 9, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    No Bill the Bull?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Another classic

  • July 9, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Aurellia warrior Nun well overdue

    by EvilWizardGlick


  • July 9, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Archies on Showtime

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Y'all wanna see Mrs. Grundy in a thong right?

  • July 9, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Dope Rider needs to be made NOW!

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Kind of obscure but what the hell.

  • July 9, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    How bout a Planetary series?

    by beefywhore

    that'd be Rad.

  • July 9, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    HBO has been dropping the ball lately

    by TVguy4566

    Forget Preacher. How about Alan Ball's True Blood? Season 1 went into production over a year ago and they are supposably finally going to air it this fall. They can't have a Sopranos type of shooting schedule with a series about vampires. There will be some continuity problems if a decade passes between they start shooting season 1 and season 4.

  • July 9, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Exterminators is OK, but Preacher... MAN.

    by Squashua

    Boris the Bear would be good too. Wow, that's really an out-of-left-field request, all things considered.

  • July 9, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    True Blood.

    by fiester

    I had hopes for it, but I read a script review and it sounds terrible.<p> Vampires are "out" now--yes, yes, they are a metaphor for gays--thanks to a synthetic blood called True.<p> So they are basically marginalized and have to combat prejudice. Also, vampire blood makes humans really, really high. Oh and a human who has sex with a vampire is called a "fanglover". I shit you now.

  • July 9, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    This is really cool

    by Charlie Murphy

    Unexpected, but awesome. Of all the Vertigo series, I think Exterminators would be one of the easier ones to adapt. Obviously Preacher, Y, and Fables all would work best as a tv series, I doubt we'll see any of those on the small screen. (well, hopefully Preacher)

  • July 9, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by irrelevntelefant

  • July 9, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Will he have a flamethrower?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Oh sorry, that was "The Exterminator" with Robert Ginty. That movie rocked.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    AICN endorsement on the cover = shitpie

    by Heckles

    I'd sooner buys something that said 'Tina Fey approved'.

  • July 9, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    'Tina Fey approved'

    by fiester

    I got that stamped on my cock, yo.

  • July 9, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Mr Sinister

    by gavdiggity

    I couldn't agree more. I've been trying to get all of my comic nerd friends to read The Invisibles. I'd also kill to see a Transmetropolitan series, but that'll never happen.

  • July 9, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Mouth to mouth on a rat that explodes = comedy gold

    by TallBoy66

    Too bad they're cancelling the comic from what I vaugely remember reading, it's a great read and I get all the trades, but I'd like to see the book come to an end because you can only ramp up the man vs. bug battle until you reach a conclusion.

  • July 9, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Oh, and the bug keeping the guy alive by peeing in his mouth

    by TallBoy66

    That was pretty fucked up, too. This book is rad. Second raddest Veritgo book out there currently : DMZ.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    If Ya Wanna Do Vertigo...

    by ericinwisconsin

    Do Sandman! Sheesh! Will NO ONE attempt Neil Gaiman's classic?