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

by Thomas Tuna

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.

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