EXCLUSIVE: ZQ Entertainment has acquired the rights to Black Cotton Star, a graphic novel written by Deric Hughes & Benjamin Rabb for Reginald Hudlin. Hudlin will produce with Adrian Askarieh from Prime Universe and ZQ bosses Ara Keshishian and Petr Jakl. Martin J Barab is the executive producer.

Deric Hughes, Benjamin Raab
NAACP; Personal courtesy

The writers are Co-Executive Producers of Legacies for The CW. You also worked on Arrow, The Flash, and SyFy’s Warehouse 13. They develop the martial arts and fantasy comic Infinite Kung Fu separately for IDW Entertainment and Hudlin.

The development of the script is funded by ZQ, which supports, among other things, the George Clooney / Grant Heslov adaptation of John Grisham’s Calico Joe.

The graphic novel focuses on three African American soldiers in World War II who are sent on a suicide mission to recover the first American flag stolen by a sadistic Nazi commander. Written by Yves Sente and illustrated by Steve Cuzor – they will be executive producers – the graphic novel was originally published by the Belgian publisher Dupuis, which is part of the Franco-Belgian company Media Participations. The deal was managed by Laurent Duvault of Mediatoon, their indoor agency. It is published in the US by Pegasus Book and digitally by Europe Comics.

Hudlin is represented by CAA and attorney Darrell Miller at Fox Rothchild; Hughes and Rabb will be represented by Verve, manager Peter Dealbert and attorney Darren Trattner by Jackoway Tyerman. Askarieh was represented by Attorney Peter Grossman von Lichter, Grossman; ZQ from Barb and lawyer Patrick Josten. Yves Sente, Steve Cuzor and Dupuis are represented by Mediatoon Laurent Duvault and lawyer Marie Bonrepaux.