Amazon Developing Female Superhero Series with 'Whip It' Writer

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Amazon is getting deeper into the superhero business via an adaptation of a book about the typically forgotten characters in superhero stories.

Amazon Studios is developing Deadtown from Entertainment One and Grey Matter Entertainment; it's based on The Refrigerator Monologues, a novella by Catherynne M. Valente. Shauna Cross (Whip It, Bad Santa 2) is adapting the book.

The Refrigerator Monologues centers on five women who die after crossing paths with male superheroes — or, rather, they're "fridged," killed as a plot device to offer motivation to the hero. The five meet in a purgatory called Deadtown and decide to reclaim control of their own stories, discovering their own powers in the process.

Where fellow streamer Netflix went big early on superhero shows with a big deal with Marvel — one that has subsequently shrunk — Amazon has thus far only dipped its toes into comic book-based fare. It aired one season of The Tick (and ordered a second) and has two new shows, The Boys and the animated Invincible, on tap for 2019.

None of its superhero efforts thus far have centered on women. Given that Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke's stated goals is to make shows that women "can't stop talking about," a superhero franchise fronted by women makes some sense.

Cross will executive produce Deadtown with Valente, Lawrence Grey, Ben Everard and Cliff Roberts.

Cross is repped by WME and Syndicate. Valente is repped by Rain Management and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

Deadline first reported the news.