HULK SMASH TV THANKS TO ABC?
Anyone remember the HULK CBS tv series back from the late 70’s? It had Lou Ferrigno playing the lead, who quite readily proved that we wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. I as a kid, was scared of this program when it used to come on as a re-run… still ABC have decided, along with Marvel’s TV division fronted by HULK writer Jeph Loeb, that it’s time the series got a live action reboot.
This is what The Hollywood Reporter’s blog Heat Vision is saying anyway. They are reporting that ABC and Marvel want to kick two TV projects, putting heavy focus onto the series’s before launching others – and the companies are leaning towards live action versions of HULK and Cloak and Dagger.
“Hulk is one of two projects that are priorities at Marvel Television, Marvel Studio’s TV division” writes the blog, “The second hot property is Cloak and Dagger, which is being developed as a possible show for ABC Family.”
“Both are in the early stages of development; Hulk has a “showrunner wanted” placard around its neck, meanwhile, Loeb is meeting with writers to hear ideas for Cloak and Dagger.”
So they seem like they are still a while off but this is a good sign, Cloak and Dagger especially would be a breath of fresh air into the Marvel live action world – especially as, despite popularity with fans, they seem unable to get themselves an on-going comic.
The blog also mentions that Marvel are looking into some other projects although, “Marvel’s TV division wants to take things slow, according to insiders, focusing on one or two shows, making sure they are the best they can be and establishing a quality brand before moving forward.”
Still here is the list of other projects that the companies have shown interest in for future times,
• Heroes for Hire (focusing on ex-con Luke Cage offering to take on bad guys for a price);
• The Eternals (a race of superpowered beings live amid humanity in secret, inspiring legends);
• Agents of Atlas, Alter Ego (private investigator Jessica Jones takes on cases involving superhumans);
• Moon Knight, the Red Hood (a low-rent criminal discovers a cloak that gives him superpowers);
• Ka-Zar (a Tarzan-type and his saber-toothed tiger must journey to the concrete jungle to seek justice);
• Daughters of the Dragon (a dynamic female duo, one with a bionic arm and the other a granddaughter of a samurai, open a private-detective agency); and
• The Punisher (one man wages a war on crime; already adapted as two feature films).
The Punisher also gets a special mention as the blog reports that, “Punisher also has been selected from the herd and is eyed as a cable play” which could lead to the gritty, but not stupidly over-the-top with violence, Punisher adaption we have all been waiting for!? Who knows, we can hope!
I for one am excited about the prospect of Marvel breaking into the TV world. It’s unclear whether or not the TV universes would shy away from the Marvel shared universe, especially as I doubt they would be able to get Mark Ruffalo on a TV salary, but still it’s interesting stuff!