Amazon already has one project in the works and appears poised to create its own superhero universe, Deadline reports. The news comes as Amazon Studios moves forward with an order for “Deadtown,” from Entertainment One and Grey Matter Entertainment, which will be developed for a pilot by Shauna Cross.
“‘Deadtown’ is an adaptation of the Catherynne M. Valente novella ‘The Refrigerator Monologues’ and the hourlong premise is a blueprint to create an original superhero universe set in the modern era with an underlying theme of female empowerment,” Deadline reports.
The report describes the project this way: “Five recently dead women meet in Deadtown, a purgatory where they discover that their entire lives were merely in service to the superhero men they happened to cross paths with, resulting in each of their deaths. Or in comic book terms, they were ‘refrigerated’ — frozen out of the story once they provided emotional backstory for the men. Until now.”
The women then set about discovering their own powers and telling their own stories. “It’s a subversive, kick-ass exploration of what it means for women to find their inner power — and use it,” Deadline notes.