FX Developing TV Series Based On the ‘From Hell’ Graphic Novel

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[dropcap size=small]C[/dropcap]able network FX is developing a drama series based on From Hell, the iconic graphic novels by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell.

The graphic novel was previously adapted to film by 20th Century Fox in 2001, starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. The producer of the film, Don Murphy, will serve as executive producer for the new series. David Arata (Children of Men) will pen an adaptation of the story for television.

The book is so thick and heavy, the Ripper could use it as a murder weapon.
The book is so thick & heavy, the Ripper could use it as a murder weapon.

From Hell is a historical fiction based on the fascinating tale of Jack the Ripper– on of the most well-known (yet unknown) serial killers in the world, who terrorized London’s East End in the late 1880’s. The graphic novel is a whopping 572 pages and chronicles the events leading up to the Whitechapel murders, and their subsequent cover-up. In true Moore fashion, a deeper interpretation seeps through — in this instance, a meditation on the mind of of a violent and savage madman.

From Hell is often cited as one of the top 10 greatest graphic novels of all time. If there was ever a right time to turn the work into a serialized television show, it’s now. Period-piece mystery and drama programs are at the height of popularity – with programs such as Sherlock, Downton Abbey, and Netflix’s Peaky Blinders. The unsolved mystery of Jack the Ripper has always captivated the imagination of the public, and it seems like once a year there’s a new author hocking their book claiming to have finally identified the killer.

There is currently no further information on an expected production start, or intended premier date.

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