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Showtime is calling The Exterminators

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 9th 2008 2:20PM
The ExterminatorsIt looks like the comic book invasion of the movie theaters is coming to television. Showtime has picked up a drama project based on the DC Comics/Vertigo series The Exterminators (although apparently the television adaption will simply be called Exterminators). The comic book was created by Simon Oliver and Tony Moore.

The series will be produced by Sara Colleton, whose credits include Riding In Cars With Boys, Live From Baghdad, The Painted Veil and Dexter. The comic revolves around an ex-con who joins an exterminator company with a freakish cast of supporting characters and several mysteries involving his girlfriend and pesticide manufacturing. Originally conceived of by writer Simon Oliver as a television pitch, it's been described as Six Feet Under but with pest control.

Having never read the original comic (although I found an online review of the first issue), it certainly seems an interesting concept (aren't they all?). It seems to have a Twilight Zone-ish, sinister vibe that may make for interesting viewing.

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Joshua Stein

I hadn't heard about the cancellation. That sucks. Excellent comic, lot of fun to read. Very dark and humorous.

Hopefully, the buzz from the tv show could resurrect the comic. Damn, there is no way they can wrap up the arc in time.

Oh well, this show will still probably be better than a 2 hour movie version of Y: The Last Man, which was 60 issues long.

July 10 2008 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are they nuts?

This is a comic that was cancelled months ago due to poor sales. And Vertigo comics almost never cancel their books.

If it couldn't survive as a comic, how do they expect it to survive on TV.

July 10 2008 at 7:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Vertigo has been dropping quite a few titles recently.
The Exterminators, Loveless, The Vinyl Underground, and American Virgin. That's four titles in the past couple of months and that's just titles I can think of off the top of my head.

Either way I think this could be great. It's a way better idea than HBO's idea for a Preacher show. Blah, what a piece of crap. I don't care what anyone says, Preacher was a terrible comic.

July 10 2008 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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