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James Wan and Atomic Monster bringing Tiziano Sclavi’s “DYLAN DOG” comics to English-language TV

Monday, October 7, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

For over 30 years, paranormal investigator Dylan Dog has been taking cases involving ghosts, vampires, zombies and other supernatural creatures in the pages of his eponymous Italian comic, and now he’s set for a live-action TV adaptation with one of the biggest names in horror involved.

James Wan’s Atomic Monster production company has announced that it will team with Italian comics publisher Sergio Bonelli Editore for the 10-episode, English-language project. They’re currently seeking writers to adapt the comics by Tiziano Sclavi (whose novel DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE was the basis for Michele Soavi’s film of the same title, a.k.a. CEMETERY MAN). “DYLAN DOG is truly one of my favorite comic books ever,” Wan says. “I was first introduced to the Nightmare Investigator back in high school by my European friends. And though I didn’t understand the foreign text, I easily understood the story through the beautiful artwork, and its loving references to the horror genre. I’m excited to team with Sergio Bonelli Editore to bring this to life on screen.”

“James Wan and Atomic Monster are masters of the horror genre,” says Davide Bonelli,” and have a proven sensibility on how best to adapt comics to the screen. We are so thrilled to have this dream team working on one of our most important characters.”

The character’s exploits were previously adapted as the unsuccessful 2011 English-language feature film DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT, starring Brandon Routh in the title role. Wan is currently helming MALIGNANT, starring Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, Jake Abel and Jacqueline McKenzie, and Atomic Monster also has THE CONJURING 3 (out September 11, 2020), Netflix’s THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE and New Line’s MORTAL KOMBAT reboot on the way.

 

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.