GRENDEL Adaptation In The Works At Netflix With Abubakr Ali Set To Play Hunter Rose

GRENDEL Adaptation In The Works At Netflix With Abubakr Ali Set To Play Hunter Rose

Netflix has announced that an 8-episode adaptation of Matt Wagner's acclaimed Dark Horse comic series, Grendel, is in the works, with Abubakr Ali (Power Book II: Ghost, Katy Keene) set to play the lead.

By MarkCassidy - Sep 14, 2021 02:09 PM EST
Filed Under: Dark Horse

Netflix has given an eight-episode series order to Grendel, an adaptation of Matt Wagner’s award-winning Dark Horse comic book series of the same name. This is the first we've heard of the project, but the main cast has already been set, with Abubakr Ali (Power Book II: Ghost, Katy Keene) taking the lead role of masked vigilante/villain Hunter Rose.

Ali, who now becomes the first Arab Muslim male actor to take the lead in a comic book adaptation, will be joined by Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick) as Jocasta Rose, Julian Black Antelope (The Flash) as Argent, Madeline Zima (Hacks) as Liz Sparks, Kevin Corrigan (The Get Down) as Barry Palumbo, Emma Ho (The Expanse) as Stacy, Erik Palladino (Watchmen) as Teddy Ciccone, Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive) as Annabelle Wright, and Andy Mientus (The Flash) as Larry Stohler.

The series is written and executive produced by Resident Evil and Supernatural alum Andrew Dabb, who will also serve as showrunner.

For those unfamiliar with the source material, Grendel Hunter Rose, a gifted fencer, writer and assassin, seeking to avenge the death of a lost love. He goes to war with New York’s criminal underworld, only to realize…why beat them, when you can join them?

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about the Grendel saga, one of the longest-running independent comics series, finally being translated into live-action for the screen,” said Wagner. “Under the sharp guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, sure-to-be stellar cast, and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed with Netflix to produce this provocative adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to an all-new audience and yet still provide excitement and surprises for die-hard fans. I’m especially excited to see Abubakr Ali bring the character of Grendel/Hunter Rose to life—he has the charisma, style, and vital edginess that I’ve been envisioning in the role for years.”

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TheUnworthyThor - 9/14/2021, 2:11 PM
Well that’s some unexpected awesome news.
Saintsinnister - 9/14/2021, 2:12 PM
I love this comic series! Hopefully Netflix doesn’t screw it up.
GwenLantern - 9/14/2021, 2:35 PM
marvel72 - 9/14/2021, 2:35 PM
Grendel is a cool character, I remember the Batman/Grendel comic book, classic.
GhostDog - 9/14/2021, 2:56 PM
Yes!!! He’s such a cool character. Haven’t read it since I was a kid.
GhostDog - 9/14/2021, 2:57 PM
He’s such a dope character
PapaSpank54 - 9/14/2021, 3:05 PM
So that's what Grendel is about. I remember seeing ads for him all the time back in the day.
GetsugaTensho22 - 9/14/2021, 3:10 PM
He has a beautiful name. I’m glad that we’re finally stepping away from the awful practice of Stage Names.
Always fills my heart with joy seeing Yahya Abdul-Mateen going by his real name
Mercwitham0uth - 9/14/2021, 3:12 PM
I'm not familiar with the comic. I remember seeing issues of it displayed at conventions in the 90's. Never picked it up.
4thMaster - 9/14/2021, 4:23 PM
Looks awesome! I have no knowledge of the character, but I like what I'm seeing here.
LiteraryJoe - 9/14/2021, 5:23 PM
I'm not remotely familiar with the source material, but having an Arab actor leading is sure to tune me in.
ElricReturns - 9/14/2021, 6:09 PM
Never heard of the character, don't recall seeing comics on the shelves but I've missed a lot. I'm familiar with Dabb from Supernatural, so of this gets good remarks I'll check it out.
Sosocaltech - 9/14/2021, 6:50 PM
Fantastic comic series. For those of you not totally familiar, the Hunter Rose storyline that this adapts is only the tip of the iceberg. If this gets multiple seasons (doubtful because: Netflix), expect futuristic sci-fi/fantasy world building on an epic scale (check out the original 40 issue Comico run, collected by Dark Horse). Really, one of the best comics ever.
Shivermetimbers - 9/16/2021, 8:57 AM
@Sosocaltech - I will have to try to check that out. I always saw the character and thought he had such a cool design, but never really read the books. I think I read 1 or 2 way later but still pretty clueless about it. I thought Grendel was more or a mantle that was passed from one person to another. Wasn't there a female Grendel at some point?
FlixMentallo21 - 9/14/2021, 8:55 PM
Finally, an 80's indie classic gets its due! Here's hoping its success leads to adaptations of other greats from this time period, like Nexus, the Badger, Starslayer, Grimjack, Jon Sable: Freelance, or Alien Legion!
solskulldeath - 9/15/2021, 1:32 AM
make it crossover against batman!
Dunejedi - 9/15/2021, 6:30 PM
The Devil finally gets his due.

Do Mage next.
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