FX is moving forward with a new event series based on the Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell graphic novel From Hell, which was previously adapted into a 2001 feature film starring Johnny Depp, Heather Graham and Robbie Coltrane. Allen Hughes and Albert Hughes, who directed the feature, will not be involved in the series.
The original graphic novel told the tale of legendary London serial killer Jack the Ripper, with the killer himself as the main character, chronicling the events leading up to the Whitechapel killings and the ensuing cover-up.
Don Murphy (Transformers: Age of Extinction), who produced the 2001 film, is executive producing the event series, alongside his Angry Films partner Susan Montford. He had always envisioned the 572-page graphic novel as a TV series, which forced significant structural changes in the movie adaptation, which only took in $74 million worldwide, opening just one month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Given the new popularity of event series' lately, Don Murphy took the project to Fox Television Studios, hiring David Arata (Children of Men) to write the script, which later was sold to FX.
From Hell is still considered one of the greatest graphic novels of all time, which includes 46 pages of footnotes that offer even more details.