With a new live-action Swamp Thing series currently in development for the hugely anticipated DC Universe streaming service, now comes word on a big genre fave directing the pilot episode.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, it’s been revealed that Underworld, Total Recall, and Sleepy Hollow’s Len Wiseman is the person tasked with helming the show’s pilot. Wiseman will also be serving as executive producer on the series.
The early word on this new show reads:
The drama follows what happens when CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland – only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous – and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
As a character, Swamp Thing began life back in 1971 and has appeared in a whole host of different mediums over the decades. Wes Craven would helm 1982’s Swamp Thing movie, with a sequel following in 1989. On the small screen, a three-season USA Network show ran during the early ‘90s, and there was similarly a far-too-short-lived animated series during those years.
Mark Veriheiden and Gary Dauberman are on showrunner duties for Swamp Thing, with the show tentatively expected to premiere at some point in 2019.