Netflix’s adaptation of Jeff Lemire‘s Sweet Tooth seems to have an interesting twist — a fairy tale angle to its tale of life after the end of civilization. Just take this new trailer the service just released. In it, Gus’s father (Will Forte) tells his son about the before time, but couches it in words and phrases that sound far more innocent than the destruction we see on screen. Additionally, the rules he sets down for Gus sound far more reasonable than they did in the book. Will his father be less of a evangelical doomsday survivalist? That would go along way to establishing the tone the series appears to be striving for. It’ll be interesting to see if it works.
Christian Convery stars as Gus, a sheltered hybrid deer-boy who sets out on a journey after a decade of seclusion to learn the truth about his origins. Along the way, he meets Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), a mysterious loner who isn’t exactly thrilled to have a hyrbid boy tagging along. Together, they trek the remains of America after “The Great Crumble,” where Gus will learn that the beautiful, but dangerous world outside his forest is more complex than he ever could have imagined. The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar, Aliza Vellani, Stefania LaVie Owen, Dania Ramirez, Neil Sandilands, and James Brolin as the narrator.
Behind the scenes, the eight-episode program was executives produced by Susan Downey, Robert Downey Jr., Amanda Burrell, and Linda Moran with Jim Mickle and Arrow veteran Beth Schwartz as showrunners. A pretty good pedigree for a decidedly different comic book adaptation. Hopefully, Lemire’s fans will enjoy it when it comes to Netflix on June 4th.