Jack The Ripper Coming to FX in “FROM HELL” SeriesMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
While briefly teased with not-so-subtle hints in PENNY DREADFUL, there has yet to be a proper small screen take on Jack The Ripper in this emerging renaissance of horror television. However, coming off of back-to-back success with THE STRAIN and AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, FX is turning to the Ripper for their next horror hit. In a recent report by Deadline, FX is developing Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s graphic novel FROM HELL as their next series, with CHILDREN OF MEN’s David Arata on board as head writer for the series.
For those wondering if FROM HELL will appear anything like it’s cinematic counterpart, chances are at least somewhat likely, as Don Murphy, producer of the Hughes Brothers’ film, will executive produce the series. According to Deadline, Murphy had always envisioned the graphic novel as a series, due to it’s 572-page length, and appears to be gearing the project as an “event series” in the vein of THE STRAIN where the arc is planned over several seasons rather than presenting a standard ongoing narrative. There are limited other details at the time, although the report also seems to confirm that the Hughes Brothers will not be returning in any capacity for the series.
Seeing that television is becoming the sole way to get money for an expensive horror project nowadays, this writer is optimistic about a new take on FROM HELL, also considering that, while good in its own right, the film adaptation was far from perfect. With primetime cable’s relaxed standards and penchant for more narrative experimentation, perhaps FROM HELL will be suited for the medium. And with the new allegations surrounding the identity of The Ripper dropping over the summer, perhaps Murphy may get a chance to experiment with how FROM HELL unfolds in a series format. Nevertheless, a FROM HELL series should be considered good news in any case, as we’re technically one step closer to a television adaptation of TIME AFTER TIME, which the world is still clearly not ready for.