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Spike TV Going PRO?

Toon show based on Ennis' hooker hero in the works

By Rob M. Worley     April 29, 2009
Source: Mania


THE PRO
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Comics2Film at Mania.com has learned that the suits at Spike TV are reviewing a test reel for a proposed series based on 'The Pro', the controversial comic by Garth Ennis and Amanda Conner.

In case you missed the 2002 graphic novel, 'The Pro' details the adventures of the world's first superhero hooker who aims to join the prestigious League of Honor.

Ennis is said to be directly involved with the creation of the show, as are producers Mike DeLuca, Jason Netter, Mark Steven Johnson and Benderspink.

So you're probably thinking it's been watered down for TV, but that's not what we've heard. The test reel supposedly hews very closely to the original book. We're told it even includes the scene where the Superman-esque Saint character destroys an airplane with his ...um... man-juice after the Pro ...er...hums a tune for him.

Word is Spike has mandated that the producers not hold back. Apparently they're looking to expand their rep as the outlet for edgy entertainment after scoring well with the adult anime 'Afro Samurai'.

If the test reel does well, plans are to go into production on 'The Pro' as a half-hour episodic show that would air after hours on the cable net.

What do you think, Maniacs? Would you tune in for a weekly dose of Garth Ennis, as bad as he wants to be?

 

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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 4/29/2009 1:11:33 AM

Hell, yeah, mofo. Never heard of it but it sounds cool as hell.  I'm down for "almost" anything Ennis.  As long as it's not watered down.

Dazzler 4/29/2009 4:33:13 AM

I wonder what happened with that Black panther toon?

Well at least this is aimed at adults.  The GI JOE movie brought back my faith that adult toons are not a dead idea yet.  But this idea sounds stupid so far and maybe too adult, like Lee's Striperella. 

 

redhairs99 4/29/2009 7:07:15 AM

A Super-powered hooker?  The jokes here seem limitless.

monkeyfoot 4/29/2009 7:12:27 AM

Yeah, I've never read or even heard of the book but this sounds like a great idea. Pushing things to the edge. I'm actually kind of surprised though since Watchmen didn't do well. You'd think companies would be wary of another edgy superhero project that kids can't be allowed to see.

Is the tone of the book humor or is there heavy drama and action?

AMiSHPiRATE 4/29/2009 9:05:08 AM

The Pro was fun, but I can't really see it getting expanded beyond the one trade (obviously ignoring how it ends).   It was kind of just one long joke.

gimpythewonder 4/29/2009 10:55:57 AM

ya Amish but its Ennis, the man is hilarious.  Realistically it'll probably only last a short (13 ep) season, but if it makes me laugh as much as the trade I'll be a happy boy

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