International comic fans may be familiar with a series called Dylan Dog from Italian writer Tiziano Sclavi, which follows the exploits of the titular paranormal investigator. It was made into a live-action film back in 2011 with none other than Superman actor Brandon Routh in the lead role, and big surprise… it sucked.
A new TV adaptation is currently in the works, although several character names had to be changed as the rights to the series are still held by Hollywood. So Dylan Dog is now Dylan Dawn, along with a few other variations.
The pilot for “Dylan” will be released for free around April, with a 6-episode first season planned to follow. We were given exclusive access to the show’s second trailer, which we’re honored to share below.
Directed by Kevin Kopacka, “Dylan” stars Ford Everett, Alberto Finadri, Denise Ankel, Harry Baer, and Philipp Jablonski.
For more info and updates, keep your eyes on the “Dylan” Facebook page.
First, some info on the comics – Dylan Dog is a massively popular Italian horror comic, created by Tiziano Sclavi in 1986 (Sclavi would later write the script for an unofficial Dylan Dog tie-in – Dellamorte Dellamore, aka Cemetery Man).
Dylan Dog is a private investigator specializing in nightmares. He lives with his eccentric assistant, Groucho, and solves cases dealing with the paranormal.
Seeing as the copyright to Dylan Dog still lies in Hollywood (adaptation Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is a film similar in name only to the popular comic and hated by fans), some of the characters had to be slightly altered; yet, the atmosphere and feel are kept as close as possible to the source material.
Kevin Kopacka produced, directed, scored, and edited the pilot episode, titled “Dream of the Living Dead” – which he co-wrote with fellow director Alex Bakshaev. Besides the titular character Dylan (renamed as “Dylan Dawn”), the pilot will feature alterations of other Dylan Dog characters such as Groucho, Inspektor Bloch, Madame Trelkovski, Jenkins, Morgana, and Xarabas.
After a fight with her husband, Corrado, Morgana’s world seems somehow different – cold, dark, and rotten. Trapped between reality and nightmare, she has no choice but to seek out “Nightmare Investigator” Dylan Dawn. But can Dylan save her from her fate, or is she forever caught in a maze of bad dreams?
“Dylan” stars Ford Everett as Dylan, Denise Ankel as Morgana, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder veteran Harry Baer as Inspektor Mahlow. The pilot is currently in post-production, but the rough edit has already been finished. It will have a run time of 40 minutes and will be released free for all online around April. Based on the reaction to the pilot, a 6-episode first season might get made (though at the moment it is unknown if for TV or based online).
The idea is to have a 6-episode first season. As with the comics, each episode will be different in style and atmosphere to the one before, but there will be an overarching story with Xarabas planned to appear in the season finale.
Expect it to be a mixture of the Dylan comics L’alba dei morti viventi and Morgana with nods to Italian classic horror movies such as Dellamorte Dellamore, Zombi, Demoni, and Burial Ground. It will be very atmospheric, artistic, and (hopefully) even scary but still with comedic elements. A full trailer will be released before the launch of the episode.
As a closing statement, I will say that this show is made for the fans and is in no way meant to be disrespectful to its source material. I hope you (especially the Italian fans!) will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!