Now that “The Shield” has finished up its run on FX, star Michael Chiklis is spreading his wings and entering the graphic novel realm. Chiklis’ company, Extravaganza Productions, has signed a deal with IDW Publishing to develop a graphic novel series, Olympus, based on an original idea by Anny Simon Beck (a Los Angeles writer and director). The parties anticipate the project being developed for other entertainment media as well, including film, television, and games.
From IDW’s press release: Dark and stylized, Olympus tells the story of ancient Greek gods returning to a ravaged, chaotic present-day earth where they battle for the future of mankind. Olympus features Zeus’ Olympians against the Titans in an epic battle of good vs. evil and father vs. son. Breaking The Golden Rule of Greek mythology – never to reveal themselves – the supposedly mythic gods Zeus and Aphrodite, Pandora and Cronus, Prometheus and Jason, have returned to renew their timeless battles … as Armageddon beckons.
“As a kid, I was always fascinated by the Greek gods,” said Chiklis, a third generation Greek-American and long-time comic book fan, “so the chance to bring my childhood heroes and villains to life in the modern world is irresistible. Besides, I couldn’t say no to Zeus; no one in the family would ever talk to me again.”
No word on when we can expect the first volume, but as further details come to light, we’ll be sure to pass them along.
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