BOOM! Studios have announced that they have entered into a partnership with Daniel Dae Kim and his 3AD Production Company to develop Butterfly, the 2015 spy-thrilller from Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett, Antonio Fuso, Stefano Simeone, and Adam Guzowski. The graphic novel is being worked into a TV series for Amazon Studios, with the hopes to begin filming in Fall 2023. Kim is attatched to produce and star, while Ken Woodruff and Steph Cha have joined as co-writers.
The comic version of Butterfly centers around Rebecca Faulkner, a deep cover agent of the a secret US Intelligence program known as Project Delta. After her identity is exposed and she is framed for murder, Rebecca comes face-to-face with her father, a former Cold War operative who she presumed died 20 year prior. Forced together, the duo must determine whether or not they can trust one another after decades of lies.
The TV series is adjusting this focus and moving the story to South Korea:
BUTTERFLY is a character-driven spy thriller that explores complex family dynamics within the treacherous world of global espionage. It centers on David Jung, an enigmatic, highly unpredictable former US intelligence operative living in South Korea, whose life is blown to pieces when the consequences of an impossible decision from his past come back to haunt him, and he finds himself pursued by Rebecca, a deadly, sociopathic young agent assigned to kill him.
The comic was originally set to be adapted in 2015 by Britain’s Channel 4, but the project languished and fell into production limbo.
The series is set to be executive produced by Woodruff, Cha, Kim, and John Cheng, with Stephen Christy and Ross Richie executive producing for BOOM! Studios, along with Adam Yoelin as co-executive producer. Amel is executive producing through the Amel Company. Woodruff will serve as the showrunner.