Netflix Picks Up Vertigo’s Horror Comic Book ‘Sweet Tooth’

A unique and chilling four-color look at a post-apocalyptic world is on its way to a TV screen near you, thanks to Netflix.

Jeff Lemire’s comic book–published by Vertigo under the umbrella of DC Comics–recently was picked up for eight one-hour episodes by Netflix, according to Deadline.

Hulu was originally slated to air the Warner Bros. Television series a couple of years ago, but that deal reportedly went south. Now it’s Netflix that will bring to life the tale of half-human/half-animal hybrids on the small screen.

The basic storyline of Sweet Tooth follows Gus–part boy, part deer–who leaves his home in the forest “to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event,” according to Vertigo.

In order to survive, Gus joins a “ragtag family of humans and animal-children hybrids in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind the hybrid origins”.

One of the show’s producers certainly knows his way around a comic book franchise. Robert Downey Jr. (he of Iron Man and Avengers fame) and his wife Susan, along with Amanda Burrell, Evan Moore and Linda Moran will serve as producers of the series.

RDJ rook to Twitter to announce his role in the new show. “The sweetest things are worth waiting for,” he tweeted. “Susan and I are producing a Netflix original series, ‘Sweet Tooth’, based on the comic by Jeff Lemire.”

Jim Mickle (Stake Land) has been tapped as director, and will also act as executive producer with Beth Schwartz (Arrow).

The show’s cast includes Christian Convery (Beautiful Boy), Nonso Anoxie (The Laundromat), Adeel Akhtar (Les Miserables) and Will Forte (The Last Man On Earth), with James Brolin (Thanos, of course) as the voice of the story’s narrator.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates and a premiere date for Sweet Tooth.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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