MGM Domestic Television Distribution has optioned U.K.-based online graphic novel “The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore” for development as a series, reports Variety.
The studio aims to develop “Jonas” into an action-drama, with a U.S.-U.K. co-production deal a possibility, according to Chris Ottinger, executive VP of worldwide TV for MGM. Film Collective’s Ruth Vitale is attached to the project as an executive producer.
“Jonas” revolves around a fugitive video game player in a futuristic world where the British empire still reigns supreme and America is just one of thousands of virtual worlds in a global game network.
Howard Webster created and produced the graphic novel for his London-based Factory Publishing imprint and Triumph Motorcycles.
MGM is shopping for a writer to adapt the novel for TV. Ottinger hopes to have a script commissioned in the fall so the series is ready to go next year.
You can find out more at the graphic novel’s official website.