It was announced that Top Cow’s Witchblade comic book series will be returning to the small screen under NBC. The comic book series was spread throughout Japanese manga, Japanese anime & the small screen, but with it resting this long, it may be time to blow the dust off it & give it a shot with a new audience.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rebooted television series will move forward with Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) & Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) at the front. Dries can definitely bring out the supernatural elements that the comic book series has. The rebooted series will “focus on homicide detective Sara Pezzini, on the hunt for an elusive serial killer, who must navigate the grisly streets and police politics of San Francisco’s Mission District — until one day the bracelet she has worn her entire life gives her supernatural insight into a crime she’s trying to solve. Her bracelet is the Witchblade, an amulet that has been worn by remarkable women throughout history, and Sara is next in line.”
Witchblade was created by Top Cow founder and owner Marc Silvestri, editor David Wohl, writer Brian Haberlin, & artist Michael Turner. Silvestri & Matt Hawkins are onboard to executive produce the series. The original Witchblade series, which aired on TNT in 2001, starred Yancy Butler, who played Sara Pezzini. Although the series did well with fans, it was canceled after only one year.
The story for the comic book series is as follows:
The series follows Sara Pezzini, a NYPD homicide detective who comes into possession of the Witchblade, a supernatural, sentient bracelet which bonds with a female host and provides them with a variety of powers in order to fight supernatural evil. Sara struggles to hone the powers of the Witchblade and fend off those with a nefarious interest in it, such as entrepreneur Kenneth Irons and his bodyguard Ian Nottingham.