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AfterShock announces ‘Undone by Blood’ getting TV deal with Norman Reedus’ bigbaldhead productions

‘Undone By Blood’ coming to a TV near you from the minds of Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, and Sami Kivela.

AfterShock Comics has announced today Undone by Blood has been acquired for a television deal with bigbaldhead productions. The company, founded by Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead fame, Brillstein Entertainment’s JoAnne Colonna, and with former AMC exec Amanda Verdon to head the company will executive produce along with AfterShock Comics’ Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer. Series writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson will co-executive produce. The news comes just a few weeks after the follow-up series was announced.

“While having your book adapted is the ultimate dream for many creators, it was not for us,” Nadler said. “We wouldn’t be doing this unless we felt it was one-hundred-percent the right fit. And from our first discussion with Norman and his team at bigbaldhead, it was clear that their passion for the project matched our own with genuine enthusiasm.” According to AfterShock, there is an eye for Norman Reedus to star which doesn’t come as a huge surprise to those who read the Undone by Blood TPB which contained a forward by Reedus himself.

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“I’m not going to lie. The possibility of having Norman Reedus play the co-lead of your television show is mind-blowingly amazing, as he’s the perfect fit for a legendary pulp gunslinger like Solomon Eaton,” Thompson said. “Right from the jump, Norman understood Sol like he was an extension of himself. He saw all the things we saw in the character and to be honest, Norman’s basically already a badass cowboy. We couldn’t be more excited to see his take on Sol.” Nadler added, “They understood the nuances, the world, and the characters completely. That rare authenticity really resonated with us, and served as a reminder of the spark that ignited this concept almost three years ago with AfterShock. So, we’re eager and thrilled to be working together and can’t wait to bring this strange meta Western to life in a whole new way.”

Series artist Sami Kivela added “I’ve very much enjoyed working with Lonnie and Zac on this series, and I can’t wait to see Undone by Blood presented in another medium. Super exciting!”

So what’s it about? Read our review of Undone by Blood #1.

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona with one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him.

As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence, with her only ally an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse.

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson

Artist: Sami Kivela

Colorist: Jason Wordie

Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Cover: Sami Kivela w/ Jason Wordie

Undone by Blood

You can read even more from Nadler and Thompson below from the official AfterShock Comics press release.

LONNIE NADLER: “Undone by Blood was born from a place of pure passion, out of a love for Westerns, for myself and the entire creative team. At the outset, our goal was to tell a story that added to the genre by deconstructing its themes, and to make the best comic book we could. While having your book adapted is the ultimate dream for many creators, it was not for us. We wouldn’t be doing this unless we felt it was one-hundred-percent the right fit. And from our first discussion with Norman and his team at bigbaldhead, it was clear that their passion for the project matched our own with genuine enthusiasm. They understood the nuances, the world, and the characters completely. That rare authenticity really resonated with us, and served as a reminder of the spark that ignited this concept almost three years ago with AfterShock. So, we’re eager and thrilled to be working together and can’t wait to bring this strange meta Western to life in a whole new way.” 

ZAC THOMPSON: “Working with Norman and the team at bigbaldhead to bring Undone by Blood to television is legitimately a dream come true. From day one of our conversations it was clear we were all drawn to the material for the same reasons. The western genre casts a long shadow over the American film industry and it’s so exciting to create a show that will explore the impact of that legacy while also paying tribute to it. The dual narrative structure of the story makes it perfect for the transition to television. Fans of classic Westerns will get their Sergio Leone tales of justice on the frontier. And fans of quirky Coen Brothers neo-westerns will get theirs too. It’s an embarrassment of genre riches. 

I’m not going to lie. The possibility of having Norman Reedus play the co-lead of your television show is mind-blowingly amazing, as he’s the perfect fit for a legendary pulp gunslinger like Solomon Eaton. Right from the jump, Norman understood Sol like he was an extension of himself. He saw all the things we saw in the character and to be honest, Norman’s basically already a badass cowboy. We couldn’t be more excited to see his take on Sol.  

It’s thrilling to share the world of Undone by Blood with a whole new audience and we’re so damn ready for people to meet Ethel Grady Lane.”

SAMI KIVELA: “I’ve very much enjoyed working with Lonnie and Zac on this series, and I can’t wait to see Undone by Blood presented in another medium. Super exciting!”

LEE KRAMER: “Undone by Blood is a special book for us at AfterShock and we couldn’t be happier that we found the perfect creative partners in bigbaldhead productions. Norman, JoAnne and Amanda’s creative sensibilities will only help to further enrich this already impactful tale for a television audience, and we cannot wait to get this exciting project underway.”

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