EXCLUSIVE: eOne is developing a television series based on the Paranormal hitmen comics by writer Brett Murphy and illustrator Wilson Gandolpho.
billed as ghost hunters meets pulp Fiction, Paranormal hitmen is an irreverent action-comedy that follows Gene Rizzo and Devon Grace, two hit men whose lives are turned upside down when they are accidentally recruited into a secret government agency tasked with tracking down paranormal threats. These low-level criminals then face threats from the living AND the dead, determined to control the paranormal world, while literally confronting the ghosts of their past.
The first edition of Paranormal hitmen was released by Behemoth Entertainment (the company recently acquired by Sumerian Records and Films) in January. eOne will produce the series under late Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner’s Altar Rock label, with Goldner and Josh Feldman exec producing alongside Murphy and Gandolpho.
Murphy is a comic book writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who burst onto the scene with his well-received debut series, Paranormal hitmen, and is currently writing several projects, including licensed work for Behemoth Comics. Gandolpho is an up-and-coming Brazilian artist with a passion for creating new and unique characters, whose work on Paranormal hitmen was a hit with readers in the United States and abroad.
eOne is part of global games and entertainment company Hasbro, an independent, talent-driven studio specializing in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sale of entertainment content. The company markets both original and existing content, sourcing intellectual property from Hasbro’s portfolio of more than 1,500 brands, and through a diverse network of creative partners and eOne companies. Other projects recently announced by eOne include a Play-Doh movie written by Emily V. Gordon and produced by Jon M. Chu, which the latter may also direct; a television adaptation of the New York Times bestselling YA novel They both die in the endco-written and produced by Bridgertonis Chris Van Dusen; a pair of Bitcoin money laundering scandal projects she is developing with Forbes Entertainment; a Dungeons & Dragons series led by red notice filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber; and its high-concept thriller tarot with Fuller Media, which Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark helmsman André Øvredal leads.
Altar Rock is an independent production company founded in 2017 by the late Goldner, who pioneered Hasbro’s entry into entertainment, creating numerous billion-dollar franchises including Transformers, My little Pony and G.I. Joe. The goal of the company now run by Feldman and the Goldner family is to create the next generation of intellectual property focused on screenwriters and directors; stories that start on screen and live everywhere. Also in the works at Altar Rock, the photo of the cop-con man Blackfriars by director Will Gluck.
Behemoth Comics was represented in the deal for Paranormal hitmen by The Tobias Literary Agency and UTA, who also represent Murphy and Gandolpho. The authors were also replaced by Amanda Schreyer at Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. Altar Rock is replaced by UTA.