In a recent SYFY Q&A, Grant Morrison declared CGI to be the biggest game-changer in the last 25 years of genre fiction. One can see where he’s coming from when considering his upcoming TV show features an imaginary blue unicorn of cartoonish proportion.
Morrison–a legend here in Disinfo land–has attempted to break through to TV and film with both original content and adaptations of his previous comics works, only to see them land in various stages of development hell. This December, one of his stories is finally hitting your television screen: Happy!, originally published by Image Comics, is debuting on SYFY. Per EW:
Happy! stars Christopher Meloni as a cop-turned-hitman named Nick Sax, who awakens after a heart attack with a very special new pal.
“One night, a hit goes wrong, and Nick wakes up with a tiny blue horse on his chest,” Morrison, an executive producer on the show, told EW earlier this year. “The horse announces that he’s a little girl’s imaginary friend, and only Nick Sax can save her, because he’s the only other person who can see the imaginary friend, whose name is Happy — Happy the Horse. So, that’s our basic high concept. It’s about the most cynical man on earth being teamed up with a ridiculously upbeat, optimistic little cartoon creature.” (Read more at EW)
This should be cause for celebration for proud consumers of weird, psychedelic shit; previously, the most “Morrison” TV or film content up to this point has probably been when the Wachowskis, uh, “borrowed from” Morrison’s seminal Vertigo comic, The Invisibles, when filming The Matrix. Here’s hoping Happy! will open the floodgates for more of Morrison’s works being adapted in the future.
Happy! premieres at 10 p.m. ET on SYFY.