From Comics to Options to our Screens – A Quick Recap of What's Likely To Come

We all know that the majority of media options result into absolutely nothing on the first go round. Think of them as place holders for production companies. They want to grab the latest and greatest in hopes it blows up with popularity. If they see a market for creating a show or movie with the option, the long process of finding a screen writer to kick things off begin and then from there it evolves into something more. Even if it makes it past the script being written, it can still vanish like a fart in the wind.

Let’s review some of the titles and books we certainly know have a high certainty now of making it to our screens. I’m hoping to do these split up into different series. Those that are highly likely, those that are probable and then those that likely got an option but will never see the light of day when it comes to making it to our screens.
Deadly Class on SyFy
We all know this one is highly certain with trailer releases and SyFy picking up the series from the pilot back in April, 2018. I do believe the first 10 episodes have been shot already and it’s preparing to be scheduled for 2019.
Deadly Class is still relatively cheap to find. With most recent sales for Cover A around the $20 range, this is not a bad pickup if you can find them at a chance they’ll heat up after the show debuts.
SyFy certainly surprised me with their first season of Happy! which was only a mini-series. If they put some faith into their shows and give these crews bigger budgets, we can only hope there’s success for these shows.
You can still find graded copies for relatively cheap as well. Most seem to hover around the the $200 range. Some sold listings are as low as $179.99 if you can catch them early. If this series takes off and gains popularity, we can only expect these slabs to go up in value.
Y: The Last Man on FX
If you haven’t read this series, do it. This is one of my all time favorites and really made me a Brian K. Vaughn fan which got me to pick up his Ex Machina series (which needs to be a TV Show itself) and I read from start to finish in a weekend.
This Y: The Last Man series has gone through many ups and downs when it comes to being adopted into a film or TV Show.
Come July of 2018, we’ve now seen a trailer along with FX announcing official cast members for the show. So this one is looking more and more promising of making it to our screens. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Even without the media options and all the news of movies or TV shows, this book is already desired by most collectors and readers. Currently raw copies of #1 go for the $200 to $300 price range and we’re seeing graded slabs of 9.8 reach the 1k mark on a good day.
So if you don’t have this book in your arsenal, now is probably the best time because if and when we get an FX show, I can only see this book exploding since it’s already got it’s share of fans. Just for you print run junkies, #1 only had a reported print run of 15,287.
Spawn from Blumhouse
There’s been a movie way back in 1997, so it’s already made it all the way but this time around (if it goes so far),  it’s being written and directed by the creator himself, Todd McFarlane.
From what I recall from most news reports so far, we’re seeing a small production studio with a 10-12 million dollar budget with Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner starring in this new reboot of the long running Image series.
I have my doubts this movie will be great (it might be entertaining at the most) but I’m willing to bet it’ll be better than the first one back in 1997.
Regardless, it’s now 20 years or so later. There’s a good chance this can renew the existing fan base and create a new fan base for the comic series. So anyone born after 1990 might not even know who or what Spawn is if they’re not heavy into comics.
With millions printed and likely hundreds of thousands still available, Spawn #1 is still sought out after most collectors. There’s those that seek out a copy cause they left comics and came back (usually after getting married, having kids, etc) and then there are likely new fans.
I had issue #1 long ago. After I came back to comics, I found my NM copy for a few bucks at one of my local Half Price stores. With all the recent movie news though, sales have started to creep back up. Seems you can now find raw copies for around $15 all the way up to one one seller listing their signed copy at $9999.99 (yeah, it has a COA and a really nice spine crease from what I can tell).
If you don’t already own a copy and you’re a perfectionist who wants to bypass the hunt for a perfect 9.8 or better, you can find slabbed at 9.8 for around the $100 price range. Which isn’t too bad considering if the movie becomes a success, could see a bump in demand driving these graded books up more.

So that’s a quick recap of comics coming to our screens. Stay tuned for the next list that will cover books that might have been optioned but haven’t gone so far as to have pilots, any cast members or even a script written, sort of still stuck in the option phase.

9 thoughts on “From Comics to Options to our Screens – A Quick Recap of What's Likely To Come”

    1. Ah crap, I meant to include The Boys. Knew I was forgetting one when I was brain storming. The Kitchen I’ve only seen the release date for later next year so it was gonna likely make the next list or installment, whatever you want to call it.

  1. Shhhh…. Been picking up The Kitchen #1 in dollar bins this whole year. I think I am up to about 18 copies now and 6 of the variants. Hoping to cash in big when the trailers start hitting so I still have a while longer.

    1. Yeah, it certainly makes a difference if it grades at a 9.8.
      For those not aware, right now if you know you find a raw 9.8 Y: The Last Man for $200 to $300, get it graded and if it turns out to be a 9.8 it’s pretty much almost a $1000 book immediately.

      1. Same goes for Deadly Class #1. Find a $20 9.8 candidate, get it graded for $50, it’s now almost a $200 book. You can easily make a nice $120 profit by getting it graded and it turns out to be a 9.8.

  2. You mention a very good point that many people forget. Just because it’s optioned doesn’t mean it’s a headed to a screen near you.
    Two things I’m bummed that got optioned and didn’t make it are Five Ghosts and Rachel Rising. Five Ghosts was going to be on Syfy. Not sure what happened? Cause they’re all over comic stuff now.

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