>Hivemind – the production company formed by former Bad Robot TV head Kathy Lingg, former Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and longtime producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown is behind Amazon’s The Expanse, Netflix’s The Witcher, CBS Films’ upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark film and an upcoming adaptation of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino‘s Gideon Falls.
>Now they have announced a new film/TV partnership with EC Comics, the legendary — and often controversial — comic book publisher that subverted 1950s America and redefined all pop culture to follow with titles like Tales from the Crypt, Mad, Two-Fisted Tales, Weird Fantasy, and many more. And that was put out of business by the Comics Code Authority.
>The Hivemind/EC partnership is slated to begin with two projects… First, a Weird Fantasy television series, inspired by EC’s subversive sci-fi/fantasy comic series known for confrontational stories by comics masters like Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood and Harvey Kurtzman, and socially conscious themes of racial equality, anti-war advocacy, and environmentalism, and more. Famously, the series included “Judgment Day,” the historic story by Gaines, Al Feldstein, and Joe Orlando that made history by championing the then-burgeoning Civil Rights movement and provoking a showdown with the Comics Code Authority, from which EC refused to back down.
>Concurrently, Hivemind and the Gaines family are also shepherding a feature film biopic dramatizing the life of EC publisher and Mad Magazine founder William M. Gaines, at the height of EC’s popularity, found himself at the centre of the national scandal over comic books, plagued by Dr. Frederic Wertham‘s notorious “Seduction of the Innocent” and the infamous Congressional hearings that followed.