‘Batman’ Writer Tom King Developing Dystopian TV Series ‘Stades of America’

Topic Studios and Golden Globe award-winning producer Playground announced today they are in development on States of America, a one-hour dystopian drama series written by Tom King, a former CIA officer turned author and New York Times best-selling, multiple Eisner Award-winning comic book writer, who won his latest Eisner Award, for Best Writer, last Friday at San Diego Comic-Con.

 States of America is set in a deeply divided US that with an unprovoked act of war has been forced to suffer foreign occupation for the sake of a tentative peace. Combining the thrill and intrigue of speculative fiction with the modern fears and anxiety of the War on Terror, the series explores a world where the old, small differences that divide this country have become the war cries of new nations.

 “How often do you get to work with a bona fide former CIA officer turned comic book writer on a project involving national security and terrorism,” said Lisa Leingang, SVP, Programming & Content at Topic Studios. “With Tom writing and our producing partners at Playground, we’re incredibly enthusiastic States of America will deliver riveting drama for audiences to enjoy.”

Scott Huff, EVP, Development & Production at Playground, had this to say in a statement:

“Tom King is one of the most successful writers working in comics today, and we’re excited to be bringing his unique voice to television. With States of America, he has created a thrilling and provocative alternate reality, grounded in his firsthand knowledge of counterterrorism and global politics. Topic Studios are the ideal partners on this project with their commitment to exploring urgent and thought provoking stories.”

Tom King is the author of #1 best-selling Batman for DC, Mr. Miracle (DC), The Vision (Marvel) and the recently announced Heroes in Crisis for DC. In 2012, Simon and Schuster published his debut novel A Once Crowded Sky, a postmodern superhero novel, which was recognized by USA Today as one of the best graphic novels of the year. He also received widespread acclaim for his original graphic novel The Sheriff of Babylon (Vertigo), which is set in Iraq and based on his time there as a counterterrorism operations officer in the CIA.

Topic is the ambitious new storytelling brand (Topic.com) and entertainment studio (Topic Studios) from First Look Media, dedicated to supporting creators at the forefront of culture. From Academy Award®-winning films (Spotlight) to television, digital and audio (Missing Richard Simmons podcast), we explore a wide range of subject matter, both fiction and nonfiction. Our approach – challenging, compelling and unconventional – reflects our commitment to discovering and amplifying independent new voices and supporting established ones.

Playground, in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions, is currently producing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End where it won a record-breaking 9 Olivier Awards, and on Broadway where it recently won 6 Tony Awards, including Best Play.

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