When one toes the line between two worlds, there comes a point where it becomes difficult to lead separate lives. Rowan Black, the main character in the Greg Rucka written and Nicola Scott drawn comic, Black Magick, does just that. Rowan is a witch who happens to be a cop that finds herself struggling with mysterious murders in the town of Portsmouth.
Black Magick, from Image Comics, was a 5-issue run that spanned from October 2015 to February 2016. It introduced fans to a world that's not dissimilar from other fantasy style TV shows and comic series like NBC's Grimm or comic-turned-series Powers (even though this series is of the superhero variety). But don't mistake the procedural drama part of this witchcraft story for another run of the mill cop show.
Fantasy has found an ever growing niche on television, and Rucka and Scott's Black Magick is the latest to find itself moving from the pages of comics to the small screen. Deadline reports that Groundswell Productions, headed by Michael London, beat out some competition and will option the rights to the supernatural crime procedural comic. With popular SyFy series The Magicians under London's belt, Rucka felt Groundswell was the best choice, stating:
“We had a lot of attention and some very difficult choices to make when it came to finding Black Magick a home. Ultimately, Michael and Groundswell took the day with a passion and sincerity that certainly make Nic and I feel that Rowan is in very good hands.”
Perhaps most famous as a prolific Batman scribe at DC, Rucka has also written for several other publishers including Marvel, Dark Horse, Oni Press, and Image Comics, where Black Magick is currently published. His work has won several awards and a few of his projects have already made or are making their way to screens large and small. Whiteout, a comic from the late 1990s was turned into a film of the same name (starring Kate Beckinsale); plus, both Queen & Country and Lazarus are optioned for TV.
Rucka's vision, and no doubt his impressive resume, is part of what drew London and Groundswell Productions to Black Magick. On the Rucka/Scott creative team, London said:
“Greg and Nicola have created an indelible small town character and put her at the center of a gripping mystery driven by a fresh take on the mythology of witchcraft. Our plan is to find a world class creator who can realize their vision for series and then take it to the cable and streaming networks.”
No network has been attached to the project, nor have any writers, producers, or actors.
We'll bring you more information on Black Magick as it becomes available.