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Grant Morrison's Happy! Gets Pilot Order At SyFy

 

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After a short-time in development, it seems that SyFy has ordered an official pilot of Grant Morrison’s Happy!. Last month, Universal Cable Productions announced they were working on an adaptation of the graphic novel which SyFy has since green-lit.


The series will follow a character named Nick Sax who leads a very complicated life. The alcoholic ex-cop turned hit man enjoy a life filled with casual murder, meaningless sex, and betrayal. However, when one of his hits go wrong, the wayward man finds his life changed when a tiny, imaginary blue-winged horse called Happy comes introduces itself to Nick.


The pilot for Happy! will be directed by Brian Taylor. Neal Mortiz, Pavun Shetty, and Toby Jaffe will executive produce.


As the moment, there is no expected release date for this upcoming adaptation.

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Chris Meloni to Star in Grant Morrison's Syfy Drama 'Happy!'

 

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The former 'SVU' star will play a corrupt ex-cop turned hit man in the pilot.

 

The Law & Order: SVU alum is set to star in the cabler's adaptation of Grant Morrison's graphic novel Happy!, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

 

Ordered to pilot in September, Happy! centers on Nick Sax (Meloni) — an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. Once a rock-star detective for a major metropolitan police force, Nick lost it all. Now he's a broken, down-and-out hired killer that makes just enough money to support a steady diet of booze, drugs and sarcasm by carrying out hits for the mob. After a hit gone wrong, Nick's life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue-winged horse.

 

Morrison and Taylor will exec produce with Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film (The Fast and the Furious). Meloni’s longtime manager Bill Butler also is attached as a producer. The project hails from Universal Cable Productions.

 

I liked him in Man of Steel. I look forward to seeing how he does in this role.

 

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Syfy Picks Up ‘Happy!’ To Series

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Syfy has picked up Happy! a graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni, to series.

 

Based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel, Happy!, from Universal Cable Productions, follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy” (Bobby Moynihan).

 

Morrison and Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer) co-wrote the pilot teleplay and executive produce. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film, Meloni and showrunner Patrick Macmanus will also executive produce. Taylor directed the pilot.

 

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‘Happy!’ Review: Christopher Meloni Brings Charm to Syfy’s Dark Action-Comedy Series

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Taylor, who created and adapted the series with Grant Morrison, who penned the source material of the same name, is still a technical virtuoso — he’s a far more audacious student of the Michael Bay playbook than Zack Snyder — but his choice in narrative here puts his very real talents toward material that could only please the most insufferable, self-important, and cynical type of audience.

 

This is to say that Happy! frequently toes the line between pitch-black gallows humor and cutesy nonsense in every part of its production, beginning with the conceit. Several years removed from his role as Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: SVU, Christopher Meloni stars as Nick Sax, a former NYPD detective-hero turned degenerate hitman who can barely spend a minute without some upper or downer going down his gullet. It’s a trite character enlivened only by Meloni, a brilliant comedic actor, and the groaning familiarity of the character only grows worse when he becomes the target of a citywide manhunt for killing the four Scaramucci brothers, one of whom has kept a secret mafia password that could be the key to untold riches and power. Learning about all of this alone made me search frantically for the remote and I haven’t even gotten to the flying blue unicorn that gives this maddeningly inept show its title.

 

It’s not just defused threats like this that make Happy! increasingly difficult to care about at all. Almost all the cops are seen as crooked, and the ones who aren’t are insufficiently_thoughtful_persons who can’t even be bothered to care about abduction. There’s a running joke about the annoyance and overall falseness of children’s TV programming that goes nowhere, and the bounds of mortal life are jettisoned in the name of zaniness. In its central dynamic, the series seeks a balance not unlike the one found in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? but the creative team is not interested in the hard work of depicting grief and bigotry without making a big laugh out of those feelings. It’s also not interested in jokes that don’t involve sex or death, for the most part. In essence, the series is a live-action cartoon that also happens to feature an animated character, thus paring down the sense of creative wonder on display. Meloni holds things together admirably but even his rousing comedic inventiveness gets drowned out by the empty edginess that Taylor & Co. have evinced here.

 

Rating: ★★

 

Happy! premieres on Syfy on December 6th at 9 PM.

I think that is 2/4 stars.

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I thought the 1st episode was pretty good; wife liked it, too, and she is a hard sell. It's dark and "zany" that's the whole point with Meloni holding it together.

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30 minutes ago, DanPiercy said:

I thought the 1st episode was pretty good; wife liked it, too, and she is a hard sell. It's dark and "zany" that's the whole point with Meloni holding it together.

I saw it last night. I liked it. Definitely not what I expected, although I never read the source material.

The twist in the end why he and Happy are linked together was a big surprise.

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Really liked the first episode. Elements of Crank really showed thru. 

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I liked it, will watch episode 2 

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SYFY's 'Happy!' Officially Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

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If all you wanted for Christmas was an over-the-top action series that critics seem to love, Happy! has got you covered.

 

Syfy's newest series, based on the graphic novel by Grant Morrison, has now become certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

At the time of writing this article, Happy! holds a 76 percent on the site, counting the reviews of 29 different critics. 22 have rated the new show "Fresh" while only seven have given it the "Rotten" designation.

 

In order for a TV series to get the "Certified Fresh" label, it needs to have an overall rating above 75 percent and at least 20 total reviews, five of them being from Top Critics.

 

While all of the reviews certainly offer different opinions, this is what the site's critical consensus has to say about Happy!:

 

"Happy! certainly isn't for everyone, but it's appealingly oddball concept and strong performances from Chris Meloni and Patton Oswalt make for a gritty, dark comedy with definite – albeit unusual – appeal."

 

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Another zany, fun episode.

Definitely a crop of crazy characters all-around.

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Really enjoyed the first ep, even though I never read the book. 

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Wow.  I've never heard of this graphic novel. Just so the first ep on YouTube.  This is show is gonna be great if it can keep up the quality.  

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A much darker episode, though still as zany and entertaining.

A dance club of Santas was wild.

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Yet again, another zany, funny and over-the-top story-telling. How they are keeping this going after 4 episodes without it getting silly says a lot about the production team.

Even with the serial killer-neighbor caring for the detective's mother, the Mandarin-speaking blue unicorn imaginary friend, the insect mob boss and the Very Bad Santa - it still comes together as a well-told story. Nutty!

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