It looks like a new Jack The Ripper drama is headed to FX Network. From Hell, which is based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell and also based on the 2001 film starring Johnny Depp is the basis for the new drama.
Don Murphy, who produced the film, is executive producing. David Arata (Children Of Men) will write the adaptation. The Hughes brothers, who directed the movie, are not involved.
From Hell tells the tale of Jack the Ripper with the killer himself as the main character. Detailing the events leading up to the Whitechapel killings and the cover-up that followed, the 572-page graphic novel is a meditation on the mind of a madman whose savagery and violence gave birth to the 20th century.
From Hell is considered one of the top 10 graphic novels of all time. It came out as a comic book in multiple parts between 1989 and 1996 and was collected in 1999. Despite its size and cost it has never been out of print. What sets From Hell apart from other comics is the fact that it features 46 pages of footnotes in the back that give the story depth and detail. While it is a work of fiction, From Hell is rooted in historic records.
Due to the length of the graphic novel, producer Don Murphy always envisioned the project as a television series as the format of the book had to be changed for the film.
We’ll keep a close eye on this one and will bring you any updates as they develop.