A Swamp Thing series has been announced, with the one-hour live-action drama set to air exclusively on DC Universe. DC Universe is the DC digital service that will make its debut in late 2018. The series, which is based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
The series received a “script-to-series” order, however DC Universe didn’t announce how many episodes are expected to make up the show’s first season. There’s also no word yet on when we can expect to hear any casting news.
Swamp Thing has Atomic Monster’s James Wan (producer of the Saw films, Annabelle, Lights Out, MacGyver) and Michael Clear (The Nun, Annabelle: Creation, MacGyver) on board as executive producers. Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman are also set to serve as executive producers. Atomic Monster’s Rob Hackett is co-producing.
In addition to executive producing, Mark Verheiden (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) and Gary Dauberman (It, The Nun, Wolves at the Door) will also be writing the series.
The DC Comics character was the inspiration for Wes Craven’s 1982 horror film, Swamp Thing, starring Adrienne Barbeau as Alice Cable and Ray Wise as Dr. Alec Holland. That film’s sequel, The Return of Swamp Thing, debuted in 1989 and was directed by Jim Wynorski. A USA Network series aired from 1990 through 1993 with a cast that included Mark Lindsay Chapman. Dick Durock played the Swamp Thing in the feature films as well as the television series.
The Plot: When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, 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.