‘Grendel’ Adapted for a Live-action Series by Netflix Starring Abubakr Ali

Comic book adaptations on Netflix

Netflix is adapting the comic book Grendel into an eight-part series. Netflix is collaborating with Dark Horse, the entertainment arm of the company which owns the IP in this live-action project. Comic books have been publishing for almost 40 years, beginning in October 1982.

This isn’t the first time that Netflix and Dark Horse have collaborated. They have previously came together as well for the creation of The Umbrella Academy, Polar, and Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.

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An avenging angel seeks justice

Hunter Rose is the protagonist of the comics and adaptation.  An assassin and gifted fencer seeking revenge after he loses a loved one. Nevertheless, he goes to war with New York’s criminal underworld. At last, he realizes it might be better to join them rather than try to defeat them. Wagner first introduced Grendel in Comico Primer #2 in 1982.

His unfinished story was later expanded in Grendel: Devil by the Deed. Various ongoing and limited series featuring Grendel have continued since then, including Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey in 2019. Hunter Rose is the focus of the early Grendel stories. The Grendel mantle is often pick up by other characters within Wagner’s story. And the violence and aggressive cycle Rose leaves behind.

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Featuring new and talented actors

The show’s writer, executive producer, and showrunner will be Andrew Dabb, who served as the long-running drama Supernatural. Along with Dabb, the comic’s creator and executive producer Matt Wagner, Keith Goldberg, Chris Tongue and Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment are executive producers.

Further, Abubakr Ali is starring in the series. Additionally casting  Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick), Julian Black Antelope (The Flash), Madeline Zima (Californication). Also, Kevin Corrigan ( Empty Church), Emma Ho (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), Erik Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). Lastly,  Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive) and Andy Mientus (The Flash).