Prime Video Orders ‘Criminal,’ Based on Eisner Award-Winning Graphic Novel, to Series
The interlocking universe of crime stories is based on the multi-Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, who are both set as executive producers for the series.
Multiple award-winning graphic novelist Ed Brubaker and Jordan Harper are set as co-showrunners on the series
CULVER CITY, California – January 8, 2024 – Today, Prime Video announced it has ordered Criminal to series. Criminal is an interlocking universe of crime stories based on the multi-Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series created by Ed Brubaker (Westworld, Batman: Caped Crusader) and Sean Phillips, who are both set as executive producers for the series. Brubaker, who wrote the graphic novel and the pilot script, will co-showrun with acclaimed crime fiction author Jordan Harper (Hightown, Gotham, The Mentalist). Criminal will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Brubaker and Phillips are the most acclaimed team in the history of comics, having spent over 20 years creating such hits as Criminal, The Fade Out, Kill or be Killed, Reckless, Pulp, and many others. Considered the grand masters of crime comics, their best-selling library of graphic novels has been translated around the world in over a dozen languages with Criminal as the best-selling, internationally published, graphic novel series. Separately, Brubaker has written key arcs for Marvel and DC Comics including Batman, Catwoman, The Immortal Iron Fist, and Captain America, including creating the character the Winter Soldier.
Harper, who alongside his television work is the award-winning author of She Rides Shotgun (which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and is currently being adapted as a feature film with Taron Egerton attached to star) and Everybody Knows (named as a best Crime Novel of the Year by the New York Times for 2023).
“Criminal is a beloved graphic novel created by the most iconic team in the history of comics,” said Nick Pepper, head of U.S. SVOD wholly owned development, Amazon MGM Studios. “I know our global Prime Video customers will immediately embrace this story, and I look forward to working with Ed, Jordan, and the team to bring it to the screen.”
“Sean and I have been building this world in our books for over a decade, and now to be able to bring it to life for Amazon is just incredible. And to have Amazon support the project the way they have, and show so much faith in my and Jordan’s vision for the show is even more incredible,” said Ed Brubaker.
The series is executive produced by Ed Brubaker and Jordan Harper, alongside Sean Phillips, Sarah Carbiener, and Phillip Barnett. Legendary Television will also serve as an executive producer. The series is produced by Amazon MGM Studios.
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