Since the conclusion of Lost over two years ago, Carlton Cuse has slowly been making his way back to television after an extended time off. The writer already has a high-profile return slated for early next year as he co-created the Psycho prequel series Bates Motel for A&E, while he recently signed up to helm yet another potential new series as he’ll be co-writing the pilot for Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain at FX. But it seems the dark supernatural-like mysteries can’t keep Cuse away from too long and it turns out that the creative mind could be returning to network television as he seeks to now bring a hit comic book series to life.
THR reports that Cuse has signed on to write the pilot for The Sixth Gun at NBC. Adapted from the Oni Press comic book of the same name, the supernatural western drama will be produced by Universal Television and Oni Press’ own production company Closed on Mondays Entertainment. No details on the deal have yet surfaced but a script commitment is only expected for the time being.
The Sixth Gun kicks off “during the darkest days of the Civil War, where wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, Becky Montcrief, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl and it’s up to hero Drake Sinclair, a gunslinger with a shadowy past, to protect her from the oncoming evil”.
Cuse will again co-write the pilot with scribe Ryan Condral, who has penned the upcoming MGM film Hercules that has Dwayne Johnson attached to star and has recently closed a deal to pen the film Boy Nobody for Sony Pictures.
The Sixth Gun has run for two years now and has been nominated for multiple Harvey and Eisner Awards since its debut. You can grab the first issue for free digitally to get a feel for the series on your Comixology app for Android, iPhone or iPad.