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Alyssa Milano's ‘Hacktivist’ comic to become TV Series for the CW

'Who's The Boss' star screws with genre

 

Alyssa Milano’s 2014 graphic novel "Hacktivist" is heading to the small screen. The CW is developing a drama series adaptation of fast-paced cyber-thriller from the former "Mistresses" star, "Covert Affairs" creators/executive producers Matt Corman and Chris Ord, BOOM! Studios and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Corman and Ord, "Hacktivist" tells the story of Nate Graft and Ed Hiccox, two twenty-something best friends and co-founders of the most important social networking company in the world, who are recruited to work secretly for the CIA to bring about global social change. Using their fame and access as cover, and their technical prowess as a tool, Nate and Ed pull off risky missions, both foreign and domestic. But the arrangement is not without perils Nate and Ed's thirst for information freedom runs deep, begging the question, can the CIA trust them? And, more importantly, can Nate and Ed trust the CIA?

Milano, Corman and Ord executive produce alongside Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, of BOOM! Studios. BOOM!’s Josh Levy co-executive produces. There are no current plans for Milano to act.

Created by Milano and published by BOOM! imprint Archaia, the "Hacktivist" graphic novel series was written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (DC’s "Batman: Eternal") and illustrated by Marcus To (Boom!’s "Joyride"). The well-reviewed series has released two volumes to date.

BOOM!, which controls the largest library of comic book IP outside of Marvel and DC, is in production on supernatural thriller "The Empty," the first feature film to come from the publisher’s first-look pact with 20th Century Fox.

This marks Corman and Ord’s return to the CW where they served as executive producers and co-showrunners on drama "Containment" last season. Before that, they created and ran USA’s spy thriller "Covert Affairs" for five seasons.

Milano has been the host Lifetimes "Project Runway All Stars" for the last three seasons. Her scripted series credits include "Mistresses," "Romantically Challenged," "My Name Is Earl," "Spin City," "Charmed," "Melrose Place" and "Who’s the Boss."

Milano is repped by CAA. Corman and Ord are repped by CAA and attorney Michael Schenkman. BOOM! is represented by UTA and attorney Matt Saver.

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