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Daniel Dae Kim To Star In & Produce Butterfly For Amazon

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 8, 2023) –  Daniel Dae Kim’s 3AD and BOOM! Studios are developing Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett, Antonio Fuso, and Stefano Simeone’s spy thriller graphic novel BUTTERFLY as a new dramatic TV series for Amazon Studios, with Daniel Dae Kim attached to star. Ken Woodruff (The Mentalist, Gotham) is co-writing and co-creating the adaptation with acclaimed Korean-American novelist Steph Cha, whose 2019 novel Your House Will Pay won the LA Times Book Award. The series will be Amazon’s first original production to shoot in South Korea, with the streamer eyeing a fall 2023 start date. 

BUTTERFLY is a character-driven spy thriller that explores complex family dynamics within the treacherous world of global espionage. It centers on David Jung, an enigmatic, highly unpredictable former US intelligence operative living in South Korea, whose life is blown to pieces when the consequences of an impossible decision from his past come back to haunt him, and he finds himself pursued by Rebecca, a deadly, sociopathic young agent assigned to kill him.

BUTTERFLY is based on the 2015 BOOM! Studios/Archaia graphic novel created by Arash Amel, written by Arash Amel and Marguerite Bennett, and illustrated by Antonio Fuso and Stefano Simeone.

Ken Woodruff and Steph Cha will executive produce the project with Woodruff showrunning. Daniel Dae Kim and John Cheng are executive producers for 3AD. Stephen Christy and Ross Richie are executive producers for BOOM! Studios and Adam Yoelin serves as co-executive producer. Arash Amel is executive producing through The Amel Company.

3AD was established by Daniel Dae Kim in 2015 to produce premier content for TV, film and digital media. Committed to storytelling featuring characters and cultures traditionally underrepresented, 3AD produced projects include the hit series The Good Doctor (ABC / Sony) and the critically acclaimed documentary film, Bad Axe. Led by Daniel and Head of Development, John Cheng, the company is currently under a first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios. 

Arash Amel is the screenwriter of the critically lauded motion picture A Private War, and The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, slated to shoot in February 2023 with Guy Ritchie directing and Jerry Bruckheimer producing.

Ken Woodruff is the creator and executive producer of The Enemy Within, as well as executive producer of Gotham and La Brea, which was just renewed for a third season on NBC.

Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the California Book Award, and the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She’s a critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she served as noir editor, and is the current series editor of the Best American Mystery & Suspense anthology. A native of the San Fernando Valley, she lives in Los Angeles with her family. 

Daniel & 3AD are repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman. BOOM! is repped by UTA and Matt Saver. Ken Woodruff is repped by WME and Jared Levine. Step Cha is repped by UTA. Amel is repped by Grandview and David Fox.

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Praise for BUTTERFLY:

“Intrigue and explosions galore…with a modern Jason Bourne-type secret agent and a Cold War covert operative a là John le Carré…”—USA TODAY

“In a lot of ways this comic is like a really good song…”—AIPT

“At times my mind wandered to the Metal Gear series…Butterfly begins telling Rebecca’s tale, but ends up being more about her father’s ambitions for a better world…”—Slug Magazine

BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—the company has produced bestselling, award-winning original work, including Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKRSomething is Killing the Children, and Lumberjanes, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Dune, Magic: The Gathering, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and The Jim Henson Company properties. R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond, based on bestselling BOOM! graphic novel series, is currently streaming on Disney+. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through a first-look relationship with Netflix including the upcoming animated TV series Mech Cadets in 2023. Please visit for more information.

BUTTERFLY was published through BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane; The Killer by Matz and Luc Jacamon; We Served the People by Emei Burell; New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra; Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure by Jeff Jensen and George Schall; The Short While by Jeremy Sorese; About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau; Flavor Girls by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky; I’m Still Alive by Roberto Saviano and Asaf Hanuka; and licensed series including Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes; Lev Grossman’s The Magicians; and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Storyteller, and Labyrinth.

February 8, 2023
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