Sony-Backed Skybound Galactic Teams With Fabula on Italian TV Series ‘Clone’

from Variety

Skybound Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television’s Skybound Galactic joint venture have partnered with Italy’s Fabula to produce an Italian-language TV series adaptation of the Skybound/Image comic book “Clone.”

The young Italian screenwriters’ collective known as Grams, which wrote the Netflix Italian original “Baby,” will adapt and showrun the live action series.

The comic book, created by David Schulner, follows Luke Taylor, whose life is interrupted when an identical, bloodied version of himself shows up at his home. The clone informs Luke that he’s one of a batch of clones who are all out to capture his pregnant wife and their unborn child. 

Writing team Grams comprises Antonio Le Fosse, Eleonora Trucchi, Marco Raspanti, Giacomo Mazzariol and Romulo Emmanuel Salvador, who also worked on “Baby” with Fabula, the expanding Rome-based company headed by Nicola De Angelis and controlled by France’s Federation Entertainment.

More recently, Fabula produced groundbreaking Italian series “Zero,” about the present-day lives of Black Italian youth, for Netflix. Also for the streaming giant is the upcoming biopic “Il Divin Codino,” about Italian soccer superstar Roberto Baggio.

Similarly, the “Clone” project is a novelty for Italy, where local genre content is just starting to gain traction. But it also marks the first international foray for Skybound Entertainment, founded by “The Walking Dead” comic creator Robert Kirkman and producer David Alpert (“Invincible”). Sean Furst and Bryan Furst serve as co-presidents of film and TV for the outfit.

Kirkman and Alpert as well as Bryan Furst (“The Matador”), Sean Furst (“Daybreakers”) and Rick Jacobs (“Wynona Earp”) will serve as executive producers on the Italian “Clone” skein, alongside De Angelis and Grams. The project will be shopped in the coming weeks.

Sony Pictures Television is an investor in Skybound Galactic, which is pursuing co-productions with international partners in the genre space. Under the partnership, Galactic has a second look at all Skybound Entertainment IP.