NBC is developing a new TV series based on the Top Cow comic character Witchblade, who already spawned a two-season series starring Yancy Butler on TNT from 2001-2002.
The comic, about a NYPD homicide detective called Sara Pezzini who comes into possession of the ancient Witchblade, a supernatural, sentient bracelet that bonds with female hosts and gives them various superpowers to fight supernatural nastiness, ran from 1995-2015. It was created by created by Brian Haberlin, Marc Silvestri David Wohl, and Michael Turner, and also inspired a manga spin-off (from Kodansha) and an anime spin-off (from GONZO) both in 2006.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is teaming with CSI producer Carol Mendelsohn with The Vampire Diaries showrunner Caroline Dries to craft the series and try not to make it look like a Buffy The Vampire Slayer knock-off (something that the first series – watchable fluff though it was – never really managed). Dries will pen the pilot script and exec produce alongside fellow The Vampire Diaries writer/co-exec producer Brian Young. The Hollywood Reporter suggests that NBC is eyeing the show as possible supernatural replacement for Grimm, which finally finishes this year.