Ed Brubaker’s spy comic series Velvet will be adapted into a TV series for the newly branded Paramount Network.
The Image Comics graphic novel series is a female-driven tale of espionage focusing on spy Velvet Templeton, who is basically what Ms Moneypenny would be like if she were more like James Bond - a retired spy thrown back into the fold to settle an old score with her former paymasters.
The drama, which is in development, marks the first original from Paramount Television for corporate sibling Paramount Network. (The studio's First Wives Club, which went to pilot for TV Land, is being redeveloped with a new writer for Paramount Network.)
Developing the show is Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star), who’ll pen the first script and executive producer the venture.
"It's in the world of Wonder Woman, and cast right and with the right pedigree? It's a big idea and we think Kyle is great," Paramount Network (and TV Land and CMT) president Kevin Kay told The Hollywood Reporter.
Velvet becomes the second show overall from Paramount TV for Paramount Network, with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) recently hired to rewrite First Wives Club for Viacom's general entertainment cabler.
The Paramount Network will launch Jan. 18.