From a media release:
First Generation Films (FGF)Â announced today it has optioned Jeff Lemireâ€™s critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY to adapt into a scripted television series. Writer Aaron Martin has been signed to pen the pilot script and showrun the series currently in development with the CBC.
Based on award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemireâ€™s much-loved graphic novel trilogy, published by Top Shelf Productions, this series intricately weaves the genealogy of a familyâ€™s origins acrossÂ generations. The novel is an intimate study of an eccentric community and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation.
Ted Adams, Chris Staros, Jeff Lemire and Aaron Martin will Executive Produce along with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films.
ESSEX COUNTY has won multiple literary awards including the American Library Associationâ€™s Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, and the Joe Shuster Award.
New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire is currently writing Marvel Entertainmentâ€™sÂ â€œThe Extraordinary X-Menâ€, as his original graphic novel seriesÂ â€œDescenderâ€Â is being adapted into a major motion film by Sony Pictures.
Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Martinâ€™s previous credits include CTVâ€™sÂ â€œDegrassi: The Next Generationâ€,Â CBCâ€™sÂ â€œBeing Ericaâ€,Â CTVâ€™sÂ â€œKilljoysâ€ and most recently Super Channelâ€™sÂ Slasherâ€.
Todayâ€™s news comes less than three months after FGF announced the launch of the television division.