DreamWorks Animation has optioned Boom! Studios’ graphic novel “Cow Boy” for television, TheWrap has learned.
Brendan Hay, the showrunner behind the DWA/Netflix series “The Croods,” is attached to write and executive produce the animated series, which was brought into the studio by DreamWorks executive Ben Cawood.
Stephen Christy and Ross Richie of Boom! Studios will also serve as executive producers, according to insiders familiar with the deal.
A comedic western series with the visual appeal of “Calvin and Hobbes,” “Cow Boy” follows 10 year-old bounty hunter Boyd Linney, the one good and honest member of the outlaw Linney family, who’s determined to send every member of his ‘good fer’ nuthin’ kin to jail.
Created by Nate Cosby (Dynamite Entertainment comics “Gold Key” and “King Features”) and Chris Eliopoulus (illustrator of the bestselling “Ordinary People Change the World” books), “Cow Boy” was first published as an all-ages graphic novel in 2012 by Boom! imprint Archaia, and a softcover edition was released this year.
The book received rave reviews on release and was nominated for the 2013 Eisner Award in the “Best Publication for Kids” category.
DreamWorks Animation Television is behind the popular animated TV series “DreamWorks Dragons,” based the on movie studio’s blockbuster “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise.
Boom! Studios has a live-action adaptation of its comic “Lumberjanes” in development at 20th Century Fox, which recently hired Will Widger (“The Munchkin”) to write the script.