Jeff Lemire: Everything we know about his four TV/film adaptations

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Ron Perlman, Hellboy, Hellboy 3, Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer
SANTA MONICA, CA – MAY 06: Ron Perlman attends a special screening of “The City Of Lost Children” with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet at the Aero Theater on May 06, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images) /

Essex County – CBC

In January, Jeff Lemire took to Twitter to stir up some excitement about one of his first announced TV adaptations, Essex County. Lemire posted a photo of a script, presumably for the pilot episode.

The collection of short stories was picked up for the Canadian Broadcast Network in 2015. The show has been discussed as a potential miniseries, which would make some sense based on the format of the graphic novel.

Essex County is a collection of three stories: Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse which was published by Top Shelf beginning in 2008.

Black Hammer

Perhaps one of Jeff Lemire’s most ambitious comics, Black Hammer has spawned a budding universe ripe for spin-offs and even a crossover with DC’s Justice League. In 2018, it was announced that Legendary Entertainment would develop Black Hammer for live-action films and television. The projects would act as a shared universe.

Black Hammer is about a team of superheroes displaced from their home in Spiral City to a small farm on the outskirts of a small town. The team blends in as a normal family, hiding their identities and extraordinary abilities from the world around them. All while trying to find their way home.

There is no word on casting or a director, but Lemire and Black Hammer artist Dean Ormston have weighed in on some dream castings of their own. Lemire opined to Forbes that Ron Perlman (Hellboy) would be an ideal fit for the lead role of Abraham Slam, a Captain America type head of the household. Ormston added Famke Janssen to the mix as Madame Dragonfly, a mystical sorceress.

A pilot script is still in the works.

Debuting in 2016, Black Hammer is an ongoing series published by Dark Horse.

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