Hulu has ordered a pilot episode of the comic Sweet Tooth, which is to be put together by Robert Downey Jr’s production company ‘Team Downey.’
Hap and Leonard alum Jim Mickle is writing and directing the Sweet Tooth pilot, and will executive produce with Robert Downey Jr, Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell, and Linda Moran. Based on the DC Vertigo comic book of the same name.
For those unfamiliar with this “Mad Max meets Bambi” property, Sweet Tooth tells the story of a boy/deer hybrid named Gus, whose journey through a post-apocalyptic world leads him to discover a vast conspiracy that causes him to question the nature of his existence. The pilot is being billed as a coming-of-age tale following Gus, the hybrid who ventures out of his house to find the world being consumed by a cataclysmic event. After teaming up with a ragtag group of hybrids to search for answers, they uncover a vast conspiracy that forces the group to suffer an existential crisis.
Earlier this year, Hulu ultimately passed on ordering Locke & Key another comic adaptation of Sweet Tooth. “I did a pilot for Hulu called Locke & Key, but it didn’t get picked up by Hulu,” actor Samantha Mathis said. “It’s getting shopped around to Amazon and Netflix and Apple and everyone right now. Who knows, maybe that will end up someplace.”
The premise for at least sounds interesting enough to draw in a few curious viewers for its TV series pilot. Since Marvel’s Runaways is currently the only comic book show in the Hulu line-up, perhaps there’s a slot open for a full series, putting Sweet Tooth amidst the likes of Constantine, iZombie, Lucifer, and Preacher as Vertigo creations that have made the jump to the small screen.
Sweet Tooth is the latest TV series project that Team Downey has set up to date. Previously, the company put a Perry Mason project into development at HBO, while they also scored a pilot order at TNT for the drama Constance starring Elisabeth Shue.