According to our friends over at ComicMix, the official word is in that Fox has picked up the DC comics series Human Target as one of its new Fall television series. The pilot, based on the comic created by Len Wein, Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, was apparently the most popular one shown at Fox’s recent network screenings.
In case you’re not familiar with Human Target, it concerns bodyguard Christopher Chance, played by Mark Valley in the new show, who has a rather unique way of helping his clients: he assumes their identities and becomes the “human target” to protect them. Others in the cast include Jackie Earle Haley, recently of Watchmen and the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street and Chi McBride from Pushing Daisies and House.
The pilot was written by Jon Steinberg and directed by Simon West of Con-Air and Lara Croft fame. Steinberg and West exec. produced the pilot along with McG, director of the upcoming Terminator: Salvation. Also according to ComicMix, this latest show continues a long streak of Len Wein’s comics work being adapted for the screen. Some of his others include Swamp Thing, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus and Lucius Fox.
Apparently, even Even Human Target has been adapted before for TV before in a 1992 series on ABC starring Rick Springfield — which only lasted seven episodes. Let’s hope this new show does a little better.