TV is often used as a launching point for actors looking to make it to movies; it’s still far rarer for a film star to sign on for a regular acting gig on the small screen. For former Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, however, it’s possible that a show of his own will be exactly what his career needs to continue moving forward with gigs that don't necessarily involve wizardry. Fortunately, Grint has been attached to star in a comic-themed project that has been bought by NBC.

The as-yet-unnamed project has been ordered to put pilot, meaning that the network has agreed to produce and air a pilot or will have to face some hefty fees. It’s a big show of faith in comic-fan Grint, for whom the drama was developed.

The show will follow the exploits of a character named Rupert who works in a boring New York office job but whose obsession with a comic series created by his father before he died drives him. According to Deadline, Rupert discovers that there was a tenth issue of the Imperial City series created. Plus, he learns that the world that his father had written about is real… and that it is his destiny to try to save it.

There are some capable hands on the project beyond Rupert Grint. Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta has the writing credit based upon an idea that came from Life In Pieces and Secrets & Lies producer Aaron Kaplan. Warner Bros. TV is the studio working with Horta to bring the drama to NBC.

This project certainly sounds like a smart investment by NBC. Shows based on comics have been taking the entertainment biz by storm recently, and all of the other major networks have superhero series of sorts bolstering their ratings. After Constantine failed for the network and with Heroes Reborn only a mini-series reboot, a potentially long-running new show in the comic/hero genre could be great for NBC.

Of course, this project will not have the built-in audience of Supergirl on CBS or The Flash on The CW or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, but being unconnected to an existing comic or cinematic universe could well allow NBC and the team behind the potential series a lot more freedom than might be available to adaptations. With comic fan Rupert Grint contributing behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera and backed by two seasoned veterans of successful television shows, there’s no reason to be anything but optimistic about the future of the untitled project.

There is no casting news aside from Rupert Grint, but this new comic-based project promises to bring the best of comics and drama together. Hopefully, Grint will be as successful on the small screen as he was on the big screen.
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