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Daniel De Kim will star in and executive produce a series adaptation of the graphic novel “Butterfly,” currently in development on Amazon. Variety specially learned.

The project is described as a character driven spy thriller. According to the official logline, the series “centers on David Jung (Kim), a mysterious, highly unpredictable former US intelligence operative living in South Korea, whose life falls apart when he The consequences of an impossible decision from his past come back to haunt him, and he finds himself pursued by Rebecca, a deadly, sociopathic young agent assigned to kill him.” According to sources, the series will be shot in South Korea and will have both Korean and English dialogues.

The “Butterfly” graphic novel was created by Arash Amil and written by Amil and Marguerite Bennett. It was illustrated by Antonio Fosso and Stefano Simone. This was originally published by BOOM! Studios in 2015.

Ken Woodruff (“The Mentalist,” “Gotham”) is creating the series with novelist Steph Cha. Both will also serve as executive producers. Kim executive produces under his 3AD banner with John Cheng. Stephen Christie and Ross Ritchie are executive producing for Boom! Studios, with Amell executive through the Amell Company. Adam Yulin serves as co-executive producer. Amazon Studios will produce, with 3AD currently under a first-look TV deal at Amazon.

“Ken and Steph have come up with a great series with really unique characters, and it makes more sense to me to be an international story in Korea,” Kim said. “Along with Stephen Christie, Boom! Studios and the Emil Company, we’ve assembled a fantastic creative team, and 3AD is proud to announce that this is its first venture with Amazon Studios.

Should the project go to series, it would be Kim’s first starring role in a multi-season scripted series, though he has previously starred in limited and anthology series. It will also mark his first regular television role in nearly six years after he and Grace Park famously left the CBS reboot of “Hawaii Five-O” due to a lack of pay equity with their co-stars. were out.

Kim is perhaps best known for her role on ABC’s hit series “Lost.” He has since appeared in shows like “The Andromeda Strain” miniseries and “The Hot Zone” Season 2. In addition, he has lent his voice to animated shows such as “The Legend of Korra” and “She-ra and the”. Princesses of Power.” He will also portray Fire Lord Ozai in the upcoming Netflix live-action version of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” In the film, Kim has starred in “Hellboy,” “Insurgent,” “Allegiant,” Starred in features like “The Jekyll,” “For the Love of the Game,” and “Crash.” Kim has also been increasingly active as a producer since founding 3AD in 2015. Most notably In fact, the company produces the hit ABC medical drama “The Good Doctor,” on which Kim has appeared several times as Dr. Jackson Hahn.

Kim and 3AD are repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Gang Tire. Boom! Reproduced by UTA and Matt Sever. Woodruff is repped by Jared Levine. Emil is repped by Grandview and David Fox.

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