Hulu Lands Graphic Novel IP ‘A Calculated Man’; Series in Development – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: A calculated man is the latest comic that could make its way to the small screen.
Hulu has acquired the book rights from AfterShock Media and is in the very early stages of developing a series based on the crime story, which is slated for release in June.
Peter Calloway, Executive Producer on HBO Nevers and Co-Executive Producer of Freeform’s Marvel Series Cloak and Dagger and FX Legion, signed on to write and serve as showrunner on the project. He previously worked with the comic book company on the book Shadow Doctorwhich is set in Prohibition-era Chicago and is inspired by the real-world experiences of Calloway’s grandfather.
AfterShock said the streamer won the rights in a competitive battle.
The comic comes from writer Paul Tobin (bunny mask) and the artist Alberto Alburquerque (The Amazing Spider-Man). This is a math-inspired crime series that follows Jack Beans, an accountant living in witness protection after betraying his former employers, the Pinafore crime family. After three years, Jack decides to go back to his old life. What follows is a journey filled with murder, mayhem, and math.
AfterShock Media is the company behind comic books such as Babyteeth, Dead Day and Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter
Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer of AfterShock Media are executive producers alongside Calloway.
Calloway is replaced by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment, WME and Jeff Frankel at McKuin Frankel Whitehead. The deal was brokered by Rive Gauche, an AfterShock Media company, which is being replaced by Neil Sacker of Sacker Entertainment Law.
“It’s not often that a story grabs you by the throat and the heart at the same time,” Calloway said. “A calculated man does exactly that. The moment I read Paul and Alberto’s beautifully bonkers book, I was thrilled to bring it to the screen. Doing it on Hulu — with their commitment to unique and unwavering stories — is a dream come true.
“We are thrilled to have found the perfect home at Hulu,” added Lee Kramer, President of Film and Television, AfterShock Media. “It was a very competitive situation, but creatively they not only understood our vision for the title and lead role of Jack Beans, but also brought us a writer, Peter Calloway, who we had not only worked with before, but also introduced us to a concept that was in line with Paul and Alberto’s devilishly fun creation.”