Brian K. Vaughan’s Time-Traveling Adventure Paper Girls Is Coming to Amazon

An image from Paper Girls, illustrated by Cliff Chiang
An image from Paper Girls, illustrated by Cliff Chiang
Image: Image Comics

Bryan K. Vaughan’s time-traveling adventure Paper Girls was just given a series commitment by Amazon.

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According to Deadline, the streaming service has teamed up with Legendary Entertainment and Plan B to make a series based on the comic, co-created by Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Stephany Folsom, a writer on Toy Story 4 (as well as Star Wars Resistance!), will lead the adaptation.

The comic follows four girls from 1988 who suddenly find themselves in the middle of a war being waged between time travelers. Here’s a review we wrote of the series last year

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This all sounds awesome—but when it comes to Bryan K. Vaughan properties being turned into live-action adaptations, we’ve learned to be very cautious with our excitement. Even Y: the Last Man, probably his most famous property (Saga is right up there though), couldn’t be made into a movie no matter how many people tried, and even when a pilot was shot for TV, that project hit a major roadblock (though that may be changing.) So...we’ll see. But hopefully, Paper Girls gets the adaptation it deserves.


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All of Bryan K. Vaughan’s stuff needs to be a series on either Netflix of Amazon. Something that can be 8-10 hours long and move at it’s own pace, but without having to try to explain what the fuck is going on to people who didn’t catch the first episode. The worst thing you could possibly do to Saga, Paper Girls, or Y: The Last Man, is try to carve it up or summarize it into a movie.

I’ve been waiting for someone to attempt Paper Girls, since the shifting time zones are ideally suited to short seasons, and it’s an easy sell to marketing execs by hitting all the buzzwords: popular comic series, strong-female characters, sci-fi (but not too technical, or overly reliant on special effects), small core cast, broad-demographic, 80's nostalgia, and “this could be the next Stranger Things.”

I’d say this one can’t fail, but I’ve learned to never underestimate Hollywood’s ability to fuck up a good thing.