Amazon Studios to Produce Deadtown and Launch Superhero Universe from Catherynne M. Valente’s The Refrigerator Monologues

The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne M. Valente’s brilliant mashup of the intimate confessions of The Vagina Monologues with a scathing commentary on comic books’ tendency to fridge superhero wives/girlfriends/sidekicks, is being adapted for television. Amazon Studios will produce Deadtown, a pilot that will in turn establish what Deadline describes as “an original superhero universe set in the modern era with an underlying theme of female empowerment.” Shauna Cross (Whip It, If I Stay, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) will write the pilot.

The official synopsis for Deadtown:

Five recently-dead women meet in Deadtown, a purgatory where they discover that their entire lives were merely in service to the superhero men they happened to cross paths with, resulting in each of their deaths. Or in comic book terms, they were “refrigerated”—frozen out of the story once they provided emotional backstory for the men. Until now. They start to discover their own powers, tell their sides of the narrative, and decide to write their own damn stories. And a group of seemingly ordinary women discover their own true power. It’s a subversive, kick-ass exploration of what it means for women to find their inner power—and use it.

Putting aside the use of “refrigerated” over “fridged,” this sounds like a world ripe for subversive, triumphant stories in the same tone as Valente’s book. The author excitedly shared the news on Twitter as well:

If you’ve read the book, whose story are you most excited to see adapted? And if you haven’t, check out an excerpt!


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