CBS has begun development on a series based on the DC Comics super-team “Secret Six.”
The project, which has a pilot production commitment at the network, centers on six morally ambiguous strangers, each with their own unique specialties and secret pasts, are brought together by an enigmatic figure who blackmails them into working as a team to expose the corruption of the corporate and political elite.
Similar to DC’s “Suicide Squad,” Secret Six has had multiple incarnations in DC Comics over the years. The original team, created by writer E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Frank Springer in 1969, featured lesser-known characters like August Durant, Crimson Dawn and King Savage. The concept was rebooted in 1988 by writer Martin Pasko and artist Dan Spiegle featuring new and original members. Writer Gail Simone created a third version in 2005 made up of DC Comics villains like Deadshot and Lex Luthor.
Former “Suits” EP Rick Muirragui is set to write the script for the adaptation, with Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold of Doozer Productions attached to executive produce the project from Warner Bros. Television.
The last DC adaptation at CBS, “Supergirl,” debuted on the network in 2015 and moved to The CW after one season. DC’s other current TV projects include four other CW series — “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Black Lightning” — as well as “Gotham” on Fox, “Krypton” on Syfy and a number of planned series for its dedicated streaming service.
Bill Lawrence and Doozer Productions are represented by ICM Partners and attorney Jared Levine.