Variety reports that Sci Fi Channel has greenlit production on a two-hour pilot for Painkiller Jane, a female-centered action-hero series:
NBC Universal TV Studios will produce the project — which marks Sci Fi’s first comicbook adaptation — in association with MGM TV.
“Jane” is based on Joe Quesada and Jim Palmiotti’s Event Comic series about a young Marine officer who is exposed to a biochemical weapon that endows her with self-healing powers.
Jane is forced to work covertly, fighting crime while running from military and medical officials who would exploit her gifts. Along the way she will meet up with a disparate group of outsiders who become her surrogate family.
Painkiller Jane is targeted for a Summer 2005 premiere on the channel. John Harrison (“Dune,” “Children of Dune”), Don Opper and Greg Gold wrote and will executive produce. Casting is under way, and production is expected to begin before the end of the year.