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Rosario Dawson and ‘Walking Dead’ Producer Bringing Occult Series to A&E

Occult Crimes Taskforce
Image Comics

You can forget all about graphic novels, the occult, ‘The Walking Dead, or even its producer Gale Ann Hurd.  You had me at Rosario Dawson on TV.  For long have we loved the olive-skinned and down-to-Earth beauty, and whatever iteration you put her onscreen a weekly basis is fine by us.

But, I suppose there are those who actually want to hear the news.  The Hollywood Reporter says that actress Rosario Dawson and ‘The Walking Dead’ executive producer are in talks to bring Dawson’s supernatural comic book drama ‘Occult Crimes Taskforce’ to TV as  ‘O.C.T.’, the latest scripted series to land on A&E.  If successful, both women would executive produce the series, with Dawson likely to take the lead role of  Sophia Ortiz, much as she lent her likeness to the character of the books.

‘Occult Task Force,’ co-created by Dawson, David Atchison and Tony Shasteen, follows officer Sophia Ortiz, a new member of the titular bureau making use magic, spells, ghosts, the undead and the unnatural.  The story chronicles the continued struggle between the O.C.T. detectives and an organized demon-force looking to take over Manhattan.

‘The Unusuals’ producer Jorge Zamacona, will pen the script for the pilot, also serving as producer alongside Dawson, Hurd, Atchison, Ford Gilmore and Shasteen, the graphic novel’s illustrator.  Interestingly, Dimension Films had previously opted the property for a movie, though nothing ever moved forward.

If brought to series, ‘O.C.T.’ will join A&E’s expanding network of original scripted series, currently populated by ‘The Glades,’ ‘Breakout Kings,’ and the upcoming ‘Longmire.’

Sound off!  Are you interested in seeing Rosario Dawson’s graphic novel brought to life with her in the lead, and a little help from ‘The Walking Dead?’  Give us your take in the comments below!

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