I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but apparently Syfy isn’t just in the business of making Sharknado sequels these days. It turns out they are in the midst of a creative upheaval, revamping their look and programming to coincide with the channel’s 25th anniversary. One element of this new approach will be an adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel Happy! — and I, for one, am here for it.
I know, I know, comic book adaptations are a dime a dozen these days. And it’s not all spandex and capes stuff either. AMC has got Preacher bringing gloriously depraved bloodshed to our screens on a weekly basis. But Happy! may be something a little different… and not just because it features an imaginary talking, flying blue horse.
First off, it’s not exactly a well-known property, and it isn’t a long-running one either. It was a short and brutal graphic novel created by the guy who wrote The Filth and the dude who drew The Boys, among many many other things. And the story isn’t exactly pleasant. Basically, a corrupt ex-cop turned hit man with a drinking problem has his life turned upside down by the aforementioned imaginary horse named Happy, and the interplay between the two is what makes the story work. Oh, and also there is a sadistic child-killer on the loose dressed as Santa. Fun stuff.
Brian Taylor (Crank) is executive producing the show along with Morrison, and the pair co-wrote the pilot together. Taylor will also be directing the pilot. Patton Oswalt is providing the chipper voice of Happy, while the ex-cop Nick Sax is played by Law & Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni. He’s a man who says things like “My life is an ever-swirling toilet that just won’t flush.” Overall, the casting seems eerily spot-on. Check out the teaser for a quick taste of all this insanity:
There is no premiere date set yet (it’s expected to launch this fall), but if this is the direction that Syfy wants to go in, then godspeed, fellas. I didn’t think anything could be crazier than that whole “Ram God Shits In Fountain Of Magic And Ruins It For Everyone” storyline on The Magicians, but this just might take the cake.