What was first hinted at a few weeks ago now comes to fruition as Marvel Television, Disney’s ABC Television Studios and the online streaming provider Netflix will team up and launch 4 brand new serialized TV shows that culminate in an epic miniseries event. The four Marvel properties will be Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Those four series of at least 13 episodes each will then lead into The Defenders, reimaging a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters who maintain order around New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.
The advantages of Netflix as a distribution hub will mean each series can expand its premise beyond broadcast TV scope and their limitations –such as what’s happening to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC which has failed to light up many folks interest. Which means the shows can –depending on showrunners –actually follow close to their comic book storylines without too much worry of demographics, censors and dictated set pieces that follow a same business model that TV has been churning out for 60 years.
This may give Daredevil a chance at redemption following 2003’s Ben Affleck led film, which suffered due the fact that 20th Century Fox wanted a family friendlier version of the character. Since then, there had been hope to reboot the franchise, but all things considered, TV may be the more viable option for it. And being on Netflix can make it better, where it can return to some of its darker roots.
Disney’s Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Miniseries Event Based on Renowned Marvel Characters
Landmark Deal Brings Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, led by “Daredevil,”
to the World’s Leading Internet TV Network in 2015
Burbank, Calif. – Nov 7, 2013—The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to aminiseries programming event. Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.
“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”
“Marvel’s movies, such as Iron Man and Marvel’sThe Avengers, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With House of Cards and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”
This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios,
Writer/Director Joss Whedon clarified that while The Avengers sequel set for 2015 will be called Age of Ultron, it will not be totally based on the original 10 issue comic book.
“A lot of people—because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book, Age of Ultron just recently—assumed that was the storyline we are doing, which is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron. The other thing is, in the origin story, there was Hank Pym. So a lot of people assumed that he was going to be in the mix, but he’s not. Because we’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside. Ultron was their chief villain. He’s been the Avengers villain for so long. I was amazed anybody was surprised that it was going to be him in the movie. We are crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about.”
As many Marvel fans will know, the character of Henry “Hank” Pym moonlights as Ant-Man. Edgar Wright‘s feature adaptation Ant-Man is scheduled for release on November 6, 2015, about six months after Age of Ultron‘s May 1, 2015 release. According to Collider “there was speculation that Ant-Man could debut in The Avengers 2 before spinning off into his own movie. Two years out, Ant-Man could still make his way into Age of Ultron, but Whedon appears to deny that here. In the absence of Henry Pym, Tony Stark seems the likeliest candidate to fill in as the creator of Ultron in the new origin story.”
Whedon added that The Avengers: Age of Ultron is more darker than the first film:
“It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction element that I think is a bit stronger than the other film… It is very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place, not just in America, but in the world. Part of the fun for me this time around is writing for Hawkeye. Because he did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around scowly for most of the movie last time. So now it’s nice to actually have the character there and really see him interact with the other guys.”
Warner Bros and DC have confirmed that the Man of Steel sequel is set for 2015 and that Batman will be teaming up with Superman. Also, a Flash film is planed for 2016 followed by the much talked about and much delayed Justice League movie for 2017. Meanwhile, Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent/Superman and the hunt is on for the a new Batman. The sequel is to be directed by Zack Snyder and written by David S. Goyer.
The Avengers sequel now has a subtitle Age of Ultron. Deadline says “Marvel Comics aficionados might know that the title is the subject of 10-issue limited series comic book crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics, that involves the return of Ultron and his conquest of the earth. Ultron and his Sentinels should prove a worth antagonist for The Avengers.”
Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight, Mortal Kombat) will guest star as Bronze Tiger, while Kevin Alejandro (Southland, True Blood, Golden Boy) will appear as Sebastian Blood in upcoming episodes of Arrow on the CW, as the show returns for its second season in early October.
Former Angel actress Amy Acker has been upped to regular for the third season of the CBS thriller series, Person of Interest.
The Tom Cruise sci fi thriller All You Need Is Kill has been renamed Edge of Tomorrow. Cruise will play a military officer who’s killed in action and stuck in a time loop, forced to relive fatal combat over and over again.
Disney XD has ordered a third season of their hit animated show Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man
Legendary Pictures has confirmed that Brit Duncan Jones will helm the big-budget epic based on the popular game World Of Warcraft. The project has been in the pipeline for awhile.
Former Lost actor Naveen Andrews will join the cast of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the sin-off of Once Upon A Time, as Jafar, the same one that was portrayed in the classic Disney animated film Aladdin.
EON Productions, Sony Pictures and MGM have officially announced what was rumored all along, that Sam Mendes will return to helm James Bond 24, which will bow in the UK on October 23. 2015, with a US release set for November 6. Weeks ago, many entertainment websites were reporting that after much consideration of other directors -after Mendes said he could not meet the a November 2014 release date due to theater commitments- producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli agreed to delay the twenty-fourth Bond feature a year just so they could get Mendes back. While It might surprise some that they would even consider another director after the huge success of Skyfall, the folks at EON have been working a long time trying to return the Bond franchise to a two-year cycle. But seeing as the twenty-third film became the highest grossing film in the fifty year history of the series, one can guess that a year’s delay is worth it to get Sam Mendes and writer John Logan back. Nothing, however, was mentioned about a potential James Bond 25, which would most likely see the end of Daniel Craig’s reign as the British super-spy after five outings. One of the other rumors that precipitated the signing of Mendes again was that he’s most likely made a deal to helm that film as well, completing a sort-of loose trilogy. John Logan has already agreed to write Bond 25, which many assumed meant -and even somewhat confirmed by Logan himself- that Bond 24 and 25 will be a two-part film.
Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza, along with House alumni Lisa Edelstein and veteran character actor James Remar are among those added to the voice cast of Nickelodeon’s animated series The Legend of Korra: Book 2 (or as some would call it, the second half of season one). EW adds: “n addition, John Michael Higgins (Best in Show) has been cast as Varrick, an eccentric capitalist and self-proclaimed “Biz-Bender,” while Adrian LaTourelle (Sons of Anarchy) will tackle the role of Unalaq, Korra’s uncle and Chief of the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, who seeks assistance from Korra. Book 2 picks up six months after Book 1 ended with Korra triumphing over Amon and the Equalists. Now she faces an even greater threat “as the physical and spirit worlds collide.” Consisting of 14 episodes, Book 2 will debut later this year.”
Hoping to put the final nail in the current trend of zombie films, the team behind the 2008 direct-to-video remake of George A. Romero’s 1985 film Day of the Dead, have announced they’ll make another remake of film, hoping to have it out by August of 2014 -just in time for no one to care. I mean, just because zombie films are popular does not mean you should go and remake the Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon (which clearly shows the people behind that film were reaching for the sky when it came to casting) 2008 version, which hit the video shelves with a louder thud than zombies munching on the Olsen twins. But producer Christa Campbell thinks she might know what might work this time: “We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible to make sure that his fans are happy.” Wonder who the casting choices will be this time, Jaden Smith and Bryce Dallas Howard?
FOX has put into development a TV series version The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on the always cuddly and agreeable Alan Moore and illustrator Kevin O’Neill’s popular graphic novel. Neither Moore or O’Neill will not be involved with the project -and Moore has tried to put considerable distance between his better take and the 2003 film attempt that bombed so well at the box-office, along with everything else when it comes to Hollywood adapting his works. I cannot wait for Moore to issue a pithy comment about this latest attempt.Green Lantern writer Michael Green -who will also be penning Blade Runner 2- is attached as showrunner.
For Locke and Key, the popular graphic novel series by Joe Hill (The Heart-Shaped Box, Horns and N0S4A2) and his co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez, it’s road to being adapted for the screen has been a bit rough. FOX was intially interested in the property back in 2011, when Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were to produce a potential series for the broadcast network. A pilot was filmed, but FOX eventually passed on the project, leaving its fate up in the air. Now Universal has acquired the project, with both Kurtzman and Orci attached as producers to bring the tales to the big screen. Locke and Key centers on three siblings who return to their family home in Massachusetts following their father’s murder, where they stumble upon magical keys that give them various powers and abilities. Below is the trailer FOX presented.