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Netflix orders up a live-action adaptation of Dark Horse’s Grendel

by Sean P. Aune | September 15, 2021September 15, 2021 8:30 am EDT

Netflix is going to war against the underworld as it has ordered an eight-episode first season of Grendel.


Grendel is going to be heading to Netflix with an eight-episode project based on the Hunter Rose version of the character. Abubakr Ali (Katy Keene) is set to play Rose, and Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) will be serving as the co-showrunner on the project.

The original comic followed Hunter Rose – a gifted fencer, writer, and assassin – who takes up a career as a vigilante in New York City. But as his fight against crime continues, he takes more of a “why beat them, when you can them?” Rose turns to crime and raises through the ranks of the underworld.

Matt Wagner, the creator of Grendel, said  “I couldn’t be more thrilled about the Grendel saga, one of the longest-running independent comics series, finally being translated into live-action for the screen. Under the sharp guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, sure-to-be stellar cast and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed with Netflix to produce this provocative adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to an all new audience and yet still provide excitement and surprises for die-hard fans.

“I’m especially excited to see Abubakr Ali bring the character of Grendel/Hunter Rose to life,” Wagner added. “He has the charisma, style, and vital edginess that I’ve been envisioning in the role for years.”

Ali will be joined by Jaime Ray Newman (Midnight Texas) as Jocasta Rose, Julian Black Antelope (Tribal) as Argent, Madeline Zima (Californication) as Liz Sparks, Kevin Corrigan (The Godfather of Harlem) as Barry Palumbo, Emma Ho as Stacy Palumbo, Erik Palladino (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Teddy Ciccone, Brittany Allen (Falling Water) as Annabelle Wright, and Andy Mientus (The Flash) as Larry Stohler.

In the comic series, we eventually saw the Grendel persona transfer to other characters throughout history, meaning the series could be around for some time.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing