Arrow’s John Barrowman Developing Heavy Metal Story The 49th Key as TV Miniseries

Though he may be menacing Oliver Queen on “Arrow” currently, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that John Barrowman is gearing up for another TV adventure with a miniseries adaptation of “The 49th Key,” the first chapter of which just debuted in Heavy Metal #273

Written by Erika Lewis with art by J.K. Woodward, “The 49th Key” is officially described as follows:

“It is said that in sixteenth century England, forty-eight keys were passed between worlds, containing messages of community, compassion and forgiveness, with the firm belief these messages had been spoken by angels, praying for humanity to evolve into something more benevolent and just. Lifetimes later, there are still rumors of a final message, foretold to open the gates of wisdom and understanding…”

‘In the present day, when a new administrator at an expensive private school threatens to send away a lost, orphaned boy believed to be autistic and mute, his doctor turns to the only person she can find with a connection to the boy. This leads the three of them on a dangerous journey through England to bring him home. Along the way, they discover is that this boy is The Forty-Ninth Key, the very key to open the doorway between our world and Enochia.”

“Heavy Metal’s” Jeff Krelitz and David Boxenbaum will executive produce the series with Barrowman, who also intends to star.

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