The Man Behind HEROES Wants to Bring MAYDAY to TV

In the increasingly-crowded marketplace for on-screen adaptations of comic book properties, competition is extremely fierce. Black Mask Comics believes that they are up the challenge, and have recruited one of television’s heaviest hitters to bring them along.

The independent publisher announced today that Tim Kring, the man behind NBC’s Heroes, would be be shepherding an adaptation of the newly-minted series Mayday. 

Created by writer Chris Peterson and artist Curt Pires, Mayday is the story of a disillusioned screenwriter on the run from assassins of unknown origin alongside a spunky cocktail waitress. 

Kring will produce the Mayday series under his Imperative Entertainment production company, which is currently seeking writers to adapt the series for television.

Do you think Mayday can compete with the bevy of comic book shows taking over TV networks? Share your thoughts in the comments!


As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Imperative Entertainment, the company run by Heroes creator TimKring as well as Dan FriedkinFarrelly Brothers producerBradley Thomas, and Zak Kadison, is joining forces withBlack Mask Studios for a scripted TV adaptation of MAYDAY, the new comic from red-hot writer Curt Pires(POP, THEREMIN) and breakout artist Chris Peterson(GRINDHOUSE, upcoming BROKEN WORLD), which Black Mask co-founders Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz will executive produce alongside Imperative. 

The intent is to adapt the material for a scripted television series.

MAYDAY lives in the underbelly of the Hollywood scene, where a washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult’s plan to sacrifice people all across LA and bring on Armageddon. As our damaged heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, they begin to wonder if this is all really happening or if they’re just plain crazy… Probably both.

MAYDAY marks Black Mask’s latest foray into TV, joining the adaptations of Steve Niles andChristopher Mittens’ THE DISCIPLES in development with Wes Craven at Universal Cable Productions and Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham’s FIVE GHOSTS in development with UCP and BenderSpink at Syfy where Evan Daugherty (Snow White And The Huntsman) is writing the pilot. 

Imperative and Black Mask are currently out to writers to adapt MAYDAY. Imperative sees the show as a perfect fit for their multi-platform business model, which includes the ability to finance the series, feature films, book series, and video games.

MAYDAY #1 hit stores on April 29, 2015.
It’s currently sold out at Diamond Distribution, but still available at some retailers. If your local comic shop is sold out, ask them to back-order it using Diamond order code JAN151091.

About Black Mask Studios
Black Mask Studios is a publishing/production company that specializes in working with creators interested in utilizing technology to reach a range of audiences across multiple media platforms. Launched in 2013 by Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, Epitaph Records, ANTI- Records), Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), and Matt Pizzolo (GODKILLER), the company’s mandate is to support unique creators and expand their audiences. Black Mask is currently developing the scripted series FIVE GHOSTS at UCP and Syfy and THE DISCIPLES with Wes Craven at UCP, and recently launched its 2015 publishing slate which features new works by Grant Morrison, Vanesa Del Rey, Matthew Rosenberg, and Steve Niles.

About Imperative Entertainment 
Imperative Entertainment is a next generation entertainment studio focusing on the development, production, and financing of original & branded entertainment across all media including film, television, video games, books, comics, and new media. Imperative was founded by Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Zak Kadison and Tim Kring in 2014. Imperative is currently producing HEROES REBORN for NBC among numerous other projects.

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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