September 27 2017

American Flagg TV series in the works

Well, throw this on the pile of comic books I never thought would see a television series happening.

EuropaCorp Television has purchased the rights to Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! series. Published originally in 1983 by First Comics, it was one of the titles that started the trend of indie comics being not just for kids.

Set in the year 2031, Reuben Flagg is a washed-up TV star who is recruited into the Plexus Rangers to be the law enforcement of the Chicago Plexmall. The U.S. government has relocated to Mars and it’s up to the Plexus Rangers to maintain the peace.

While the basic concept is easy enough to follow, the series fell into satire of everything from a corporate-controlled government, militarized police, omnipresent surveillance, neo-Nazis and, oddly enough, reality TV. (remember, I said this was published in 1983, reality TV wasn’t a thing yet.) It was a groundbreaking series and unlike anything else being published at the time.

It was a groundbreaking series and unlike anything else being published at the time. Just reading it felt subversive in some way, but it helped a lot of people realize comics didn’t just have to be Superman ruining Lex Luthor’s plans… again.

Matthew Bankston, EuropaCorp’s Vice President of Development, U.S. Television, is spearheading the project. Chaykin will be on board as an Executive Producer along with Mark Wheeler, Rick Alexander and Luc Besson. This is very early

This is very early days for the show, so don’t expect to hear more any time soon.

Source: Deadline .

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