It seems that the way forward for new original television and movies these days is to go with established independent comic book titles.
The newest of these to be getting a television adaptation is ‘Unfollow’, which was originally published through Vertigo Comics.
The story focuses on what happens when a secretive billionaire makes a global announcement — via the social media platform he invented — that he is terminally ill and has decided to bestow his entire fortune to a seemingly random sample of 140 people from around the world. When one of them turns up dead, the others realize that they are all suspects — and the next potential victim.
The series has been given a full script commitment from Warner Bros for ABC Television and the pilot episode is being written and produced by Michael Narducci who is best known for his work on ‘Vampire Diaries’ spin-off ‘The Originals’.
The comic, published in November by DC Entertainment imprint Vertigo, is written and created by Rob Williams and Michael Dowling and features a cast of characters including a young black man trying to get by in St. Louis; an Iranian reporter in need of hope; a retired special forces soldier with an odd sense of purpose; and a thrill-seeking heiress.