Showtime and Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton are reteaming for The Exterminators, a drama based on the canceled Vertigo series by Simon Oliver and Tony Moore.
Launched in January 2006, the comic centers on Henry James, an ex-con who gets a job at his stepfather’s extermination company, Bug-Bee-Gone. A mystery develops involving Henry’s girlfriend, a high-level employee of a company that manufactures a new poisonous gel for killing cockroaches.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which describes the concept as “Six Feet Under in the world of pest control,” the network’s version will focus on the dysfunctional Bug-Bee-Gone crew, “whose greatest enemies aren’t the insects and rodents they meet and kill on a daily basis but rather their own self doubts, vices and inner demons.”
Originally envisioned as a 50-issue series, The Exterminators ends this month with Issue 30.
Curiously enough, The Exterminators initially started out as a TV pitch and pilot outline.
“It was specifically written to please me, so, as you can see now, it wasn’t really network material,” Oliver said last year. “I started to notice that the Vertigo name kept cropping up on the spines of most of the books that interested me at the comic store so I figured that was where it should go.”