It’s upfronts week, and we’ve already gotten a look at the upcoming fall schedules for NBC, Fox, and ABC. However, we’ve now got word on a couple of comic book series that weren’t on any of said schedules. A Hulk television series has been in development at ABC for a while with Guillermo del Toro onboard as executive producer. ABC president Paul Lee had this to say regarding Hulk:
“Hulk is in development. It wasn’t going to be ready this season, but we hope it’s going to be ready for next season.”
With word that Marvel might be planning a new Hulk movie with Mark Ruffalo following the stellar reaction to the character/Ruffalo’s performance in The Avengers, many wondered what this meant for the TV series. It sounds like ABC is very much still game for the show, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a Hulk movie is held until the studio sees how the TV series fares. Hit the jump for more, including word on The Punisher TV series.
Marvel’s The Punisher flopped twice at the box office (even though the second movie is great) but they haven’t given up on the murderous vigilante. According to Deadline, Criminal Minds showrunner Ed Bernero has adapted the comic for a pilot commitment from Fox. The series would be an “an hour-long procedural” which would see Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) “as a rising star detective with the New York Police Department” who moonlights as a vigilante, “seeking justice for those the system has failed.” This character is also known as Dexter Morgan or Daredevil. Seriously, why not just adapt Daredevil? That movie flopped too and instead of cop procedural, you’d have a courtroom procedural. The unoriginality of network TV would prevail! Fox is also developing a series based on the DC comics hero The Spectre. I hope the character’s day job is in a hospital.
Marvel has already sent their comic series Powers to FX. The studio is also developing the TV series AKA Jessica Jones (based on the comic Alias), The Hulk (produced by Guillermo del Toro), Cloak and Dagger, Mockingbird, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.