Back in 2004, there was an announcement for the ultra awesome limited comic series Global Frequency to be adapted into a TV miniseries. Life could not get any better, right? They even cut a pilot for the WB…and the fans loved it…the studio shit on it! WTF? Oh yeah, they probably had a reality show that was a priority, or maybe something to remake. So it went nowhere unfortunately, but now there are rumblings again that the Frequency will be created and broadcast on the CW. Whoa yeah! So if you are a comic fan…a Warren Ellis fan…or hell, you just like amazing sci-fi stories, I believe this Global Frequency is on your wavelength.
Your pantz full of a load over this? Me too! More details after the jump…
According to /Film, Production Weekly sent out a random tweet announcing the project and there was later mention on Warren Ellis’ own site, so the deal is yet to be signed off, but there are serious talks! If you are unfamiliar with the story, I highly recommend you go out and pick up the two volumes of TPBs that collect the comics on Wildstorm Comics. Well if the opinion of Universal Dork is not enough to sell you one this, here is a little taste of the story to wet your palate (referenced from Wiki…but spot on!).
The Global Frequency is an independent, covert intelligence organization headed by a former intelligence agent who uses the alias of Miranda Zero. There are reportedly 1,001 people on the Global Frequency, forming an active smart mob communicating by specially modified video mobile phones through a central dispatch system coordinated by a young woman code-named Aleph
The purpose of the organization is to protect and rescue the world from the consequences of the various secret projects that the governments of the world have established, which are unknown to the public at large. The people on the Global Frequency are chosen and called on for their specialized skills in a variety of areas, from military personnel, intelligence agents, police detectives to scientific researchers, academics, athletes, former criminals and assassins. These threats that the organization deals with are equally varied and usually world-threatening, ranging from rogue military operations and paranormal phenomena to terrorist attacks and religious cults.
I realize that Warren Ellis is sometimes a polarizing writer. Those that love him cherish his original works ranging from political journalist and espionage/terror organizations to zombie hordes created by volcanic ash. Some of the most notable of his works include: Transmetropolitan, The Authority, Planetary to name a few. Those that have a bad taste in their mouth are generally lovers of mainstream superhero comics…of which when Ellis has penned, he is typically criticized for his unpredictable nature to “produce” and how he seems to get tired of characters and does not give them a proper representation. Some of those works included runs on Thor, Iron Man, and Wolverine. Regardless, if you love him or hate him, it is hard to deny there is great talent there and Global Frequency is an amazing story.
Floating around on the net you can find torrent copies of the 2004 pilot and it is worth a watch…still wondering why the WB did not pick this up. Here is a fan trailer for the pilot that you can check out. I thought this was a great pilot and a can only image with today’s TV budgets and effects, this can only get better. If this looks like it up your alley…I beg you, go out and read up. And not if…when the series hits the broadcast frequencies, check it out.