Peacock have just announced a straight-to-series order of AfterShock Comics’ supernatural drama series DEAD DAY from writer Ryan Parrott and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov. The comic will be adapted for television by Vampire Diaries’ architects Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson. Plec and Williamson will serve as co-showrunners, writers, and executive producers.
Speaking about the announcement, Parrott said “I’m extremely grateful to AfterShock Comics for developing DEAD DAY with me and helping to bring it to life. I am beyond excited that Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Universal TV and Peacock have embraced its universality and are bringing DEAD DAY to Television. And there are more DEAD DAY comics to come—stay tuned for news of the second volume!”
AfterShock Comics Editor in Chief Mike Marts added “When AfterShock first greenlit Ryan Parrott’s DEAD DAY comic-book series, we immediately knew we’d acquired a concept that could live and breathe far beyond the printed page of the comic. We were overjoyed when Kevin and Julie shared that same interest and enthusiasm in the potential for this series.”
“We have been looking for a project to do together and Dead Day has all the ingredients we love as storytellers. Love, death, thrills and tears — and we know Susan Rovner and her team at Peacock is the perfect fit for this project,” said Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson.
For those who missed the first volume, DEAD DAY asks the question “If the dead could come back for just one night, would we want them to?”, and follows the story of the Haskins, a seemingly regular suburban family, as they prepare for “Dead Day” – the one day of the year when the deceased rise from the grave from sunset to sun-rise. Some come back to reunite with family and friends, others for one last night of debauchery, still others with only one thing on their decomposing mind: revenge!