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Skybound & Fuji TV Team for Heart Attack Adaptation


Skybound Entertainment and Fuji TV have partnered for a live-action TV adaptation of the graphic novel series Heart Attack.

From Shawn Kittelsen (Mortal Kombat, Injustice 2) and illustrator Eric Zawadzki (House of El), the books explore a post-pandemic world where gene therapy saved Americans from disease but also gave birth to powerful variants. The Japanese TV adaptation will follow the love story between the novel’s protagonists, two teenagers whose connection unlocks a secret power.

Fuji TV will lead production and broadcast the TV adaptation, and Skybound Entertainment will distribute the title worldwide. Production is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2023.

“We are delighted to have Fuji TV as a partner in adapting Heart Attack into a compelling sci-fi TV series,” said Rick Jacobs, managing partner of linear content at Skybound Entertainment. “Shawn Kittelsen and Eric Zawadzki have created an emotionally and visually stimulating world that demands to be brought to life. We are excited to embark on this journey and deliver an unforgettable television experience to viewers worldwide.”

Toru Ota, executive VP of Fuji TV, added, “As part of Fuji Television’s global business strategy, we are very pleased to partner with Skybound on Heart Attack with the global market in mind. We are confident that the drama will captivate sci-fi loving viewers with its themes of power, love and oppression between a young man and woman. We look forward to working together to develop new IP and expand Fuji Television’s IP in the U.S.”

About Jamie Stalcup

Jamie Stalcup is the associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at jstalcup@worldscreen.com.


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