'Grey's Anatomy's' Ellen Pompeo, IDW Developing 'The Devil' Limited Series (Exclusive)

The drama, based on the novel of the same name, will be produced by comic book publisher IDW Entertainment.
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Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is ready to explore the mind of a criminal mastermind.

The actress-producer is teaming with comic book publisher IDW Entertainment to develop The Devil, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama, based on the novel The Devil: Britain’s Most Feared Underworld Taxman by Graham Johnson, is being eyed as a limited series. A network has not yet been attached; IDW plans to develop the script before taking the project out to buyers.

David Dilley (Warrior) is set to pen the script and executive produce The Devil alongside Pompeo and her Calamity Jane banner topper. Laura Holstein will executive produce alongside IDW Publishing CEO and publisher Ted Adams as well as IDW Entertainment president David Ozer. Pompeo found and optioned the book; the project is being produced outside of her overall deal with Grey's producers ABC Studios.

Set in Liverpool in the 1980s, The Devil centers on Stephen French, one of the most feared men in the criminal underworld in the U.K. He earned both his nickname and a reputation among rival crime lords, whom he would outwit and rob during the emerging drug trade of the 1980s.

“We are thrilled to be working with Ellen and Laura on The Devil,” Ozer said. “It is such a captivating and strong character that will resonate with a global audience.”

In addition to producing The Devil, IDW also plans to turn the project into a comic book series.