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Lively will star and produce while Cody will write the project, which hails from Dark Horse Entertainment, the company behind the mega-popular Umbrella Academy series, THR has confirmed.
Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg will produce, along with Kate Vorhoff. Lively and Vorhoff will produce via their B for Effort shingle.
The comic was written by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich, with Jones, who made a splash writing and drawing Catwoman for DC, supplying the art. Jones took inspiration from 1950s advertisements to craft a story set in that period and that focused on a picture-perfect housewife…who just happens to lead a secret life as a deadly killer for hire.
The comic first hit shelves in 2015 and even won an Eisner Award for best limited series in 2016.
The project keeps Lively in action mode, as she last toplined the revenge thriller The Rhythm Section.
Cody won an Oscar for penning the coming-of-age pregnancy movie Juno and counts Jennifer’s Body and Tully on her résumé. She was nominated for a Tony Award for best book of a musical for Jagged Little Pill, based on the songs by Alanis Morissette.
On top of the success of Umbrella Academy, which has been renewed for a third season, Dark Horse produced Polar, based on its own action comic. It next has Mystery Girl, directed by McG and starring Tiffany Haddish.
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