Image Comics’ ‘Proof’ Series In The Works At Fox From Cory Goodman, Jeremy Lott & Westbrook Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Comic book Proof is being turned into a TV series at Fox.

The network is developing a supernatural crime procedural based on the Image Comics property.

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The book, which was created by Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo, pairs two unlikely heroes together – disgruntled FBI Agent-in-Training Ginger Rodriguez and John “Proof” Prufrock, a jazz-loving Bigfoot – to protect the world from Cryptids: obscure creatures whose existence has yet to be proven. While these two start out as a surprising duo, they strike up an unlikely friendship, partnership, and even potential romance as they help save the world side by side.

The series adaptation comes from Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott, who previously sold a supernatural feature based on IDW graphic novel Lore to Warner Bros. with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson attached. It marks the pair’s first foray into television, having sold several features including Hood to Sony with Jerry Bruckheimer, Merry Little Christmas to Paramount with Neal Moritz. Goodman wrote Priest, The Last Witch Hunter and Underworld: Blood Wars, while Lott wrote on Bass Reeves.

The pair will write the one-hour drama, which is produced by Fox Entertainment Studios, with Westbrook Studios’ Terence Carter and David Boorstein exec producing alongside them as well as Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm. Grecian is a producer.

It’s been described as a cross between The X-Files and Men In Black. The comic book series launched in October 2007 and ran for 33 issues through 2010.

Aperture Entertainment optioned the graphic novel and developed the series before partnering with Westbrook. The company is also producing an adaptation of Grady Hendrix’s Final Girl Support Group, which is in the works at Max with Andy Muschietti directing and Charlize Theron producing. It is also developing Hannibal at Netflix with Denzel Washington starring, Thaw at New Line with Lee Cronin directing and The Oberlin Incident, written by Goodman, at Paramount.

Westbrook Studios, which is repped by CAA, is behind series including Peacock’s Bel-Air and Netflix’s Cobra Kai on the TV side.

The development project comes as Fox is gearing up for next season, where it has three new dramas launching: Rescue HI-Surf, Murder in a Small Town and Doc. It also has Matt Nix’s State Patrol (w/t), which has been heating up for a pickup.

Earlier this month, Fox CEO Rob Wade laid out his strategy, including producing more shows via its Fox Entertainment Studios division and searching for more “sexy rebels”.

Goodman is repped by Aperture, Verve and Hanson Jacobson, Lott is repped by Goodman Schenkman and Aperture is repped by Ashley Silver. Grecian and Rossmo are repped by UTA on behalf of Seth Fishman at the Gernert Company.

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