Showtime is developing the Oni Press comic book The Damned into a new drama series. Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter is penning the pilot, which is based on Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's limited run comic. Here's how the property is described on the Oni Press official website.

"During the Prohibition Era, gangsters grew rich on vices of the people, and rivalries between criminal organizations resulted in open war. But unknown to the masses, a more sinister power controlled the crime cartels, using greed, gluttony, lust, and other sins to fuel a much more lucrative trade: mortal souls. Three demon families (the Aligheris, the Roarkes, and the Verlochin) control soul-trafficking within the city, capitalizing on "the rackets" to lead unfortunates into their grasp and poor Eddie is caught in the middle."

The new series will be set in present day, not the Prohibition Era. David Hayter will executive produce alongside Eric Gitter and Warren Littlefield. Along with Watchmen, David Hayter wrote screenplay adaptations for the comic book movies X-Men and X2: X-Men United.

Way back in July 2007, DreamWorks acquired the rights to this comic book series for a feature adaptation, although the movie project never came to be.