Kyle Killen Adapting Ed Brubaker's 'Velvet' for Paramount Network (Exclusive)

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Paramount Television is getting into the graphic novel business.

The network, which rebrands from Spike TV on Jan. 18, is teaming with Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) to adapt Ed Brubaker's Image Comics title Velvet. The drama, which is in development, marks the first original from Paramount Television for corporate sibling Paramount Network. (The studio's First Wives Club, which went to pilot for TV Land, is being redeveloped with a new writer for Paramount Network.)

Velvet is a female-driven spy thriller that revolves around former spy Velvet as she sets out to settle an ancient score built on lies in a new world of ongoing espionage.

Killen will pen the script and executive produce via his overall deal with Paramount Television. Keith Redmon and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content, which recently renewed its overall pact with Paramount TV, will also exec produce. Scott Pennington, who oversees Killen's Chapter Eleven banner, will also exec produce.Velvet creator Brubaker will exec produce as well, while Stephen Epting will produce.

"It's in the world of Wonder Woman, and cast right and with the right pedigree? It's a big idea and we think Kyle is great," Paramount Network (and TV Land and CMT) president Kevin Kay told The Hollywood Reporter as part of an Executive Suite interview.  

Velvet becomes the second show overall from Paramount TV for Paramount Network, with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) recently hired to rewrite First Wives Club for Viacom's general entertainment cabler.

Paramount Network will launch Jan. 18 with scripted originals Waco (originally picked up for Spike), Heathers, American Woman (both developed at TV Land) and Yellowstone, with the latter Taylor Sheridan drama picked up straight to series as the cabler's first original.

For Anonymous Content, meanwhile, Velvet joins a scripted roster that also includes True Detective, Mr. Robot, The O.A. and 13 Reasons Why, among others.

Killen is repped by WME, Redmon at Anonymous Content and Lichter Grossman.