Werewolf Comic 'Brooklyn Animal Control' Ordered to Pilot at USA Network

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USA Network continues to get darker.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a pilot order to Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic book of the same name, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama follows a secret subdivision of the NYPD that serves as social services for the city's werewolves. The drama will explore the lives of the case officers and the secret, insular werewolf community Kveld-Ulf, who are living deep in the borough. Brooklyn will focus on city politics, immigrant communities and families divided by ambition, secrecy and tradition.

Brooklyn will be written and exec produced by comic book creator JT Petty (Spliter Cell), with David S. Goyer (Batman v. Superman, DaVinci's Demons), Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs (Spare Parts) and David Alpert (The Walking Dead) attached to exec produce alongside IDW Entertainment's David Ozer and Ted Adams. The drama is a co-production between Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment.

“Fans of the comic book know that Brooklyn Animal Control is a thriller anchored inside the world of New York organized crime families,” said Jackie de Crinis, executive vp original programming. “At its core, it is a family drama, albeit an unconventional one.”

Brooklyn was one first titles IDW identified to bring to the small screen after launching its TV division with Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) attached to oversee packaging and creative development of some of its more than 300 titles. The comic publisher also has a first-look development deal in place with Entertainment One, with whom it is partnering to bring V-Wars to the screen.

Brooklyn becomes USA's fourth pilot order of the season and joins Poor Richard's Almanack; Falling Water, from Gale Anne HurdBlake Masters and the late Henry Bromell; and Paradise Pictures, from Suits duo Aaron Korsh and Rick Muirragui. The cabler is also searching for a lead for its Shooter update.

The slate marks a departure for USA from its "blue skies" fare as the cabler looks to explore darker-themed dramas, including Mr. Robot and Complications, the former of which has already been renewed for a second season.