Originally announced (and covered by Bleeding Cool) back in 2015, CBC's television adaptation of award-winning writer/artist Jeff Lemire's graphic novel trilogy Essex County is actually breaking some news – and it comes directly from Lemire. Taking to Twitter on Thursday, the writer/artist posted the front page to the script for the pilot episode – which means we're going out on a limb here to say that we think that means there's a pilot script now in play (at SDCC 2018, Lemire revealed that he would pen the pilot after not feeling that the series worked with another writer).
Published from 2008 to 2009 from Top Shelf Publishing, Lemire's Essex County trilogy includes "Tales from the Farm" (2008), "Ghost Stories" (2008), and "The Country Nurse" (2009):
Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception?
Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire pays tribute to his roots with Essex County, an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of his hometown, the eccentric farming community of Essex County, Ontario, Canada. In Essex County, Lemire crafts an intimate study of one community through the years, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a young artist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.
Originally optioned by First Generation Films (FGF), the series is executive produced by Lemire, Ted Adams, Chris Staros, and FGF's Christina Piovesan. FGF's Vice-President of Scripted Programming Julie Di Cresce will oversee the project. The graphic novel series earned a number of awards during its run, including the American Library Association's Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, and the Joe Shuster Award.