Fox looking to bring Marvel's 'The Punisher' to the small screen


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Prime time might want to brace itself for a different kind of Castle.

Fox is aiming to make a TV series featuring Marvel comic book character The Punisher. The procedural drama would center on New York City detective Frank Castle, who seeks justice on the side as a merciless vigilante named The Punisher.

The project — which has been given a pilot commitment with a penalty if it doesn’t air — is from Ed Bernero (Third Watch, Criminal Minds), who is also developing a sci-fi western titled The Eye at ABC.

The Punisher property was most recently adapted into two feature films, the first in 2004 with Thomas Jane as Castle, the second in 2008 with Ray Stevenson in the title role. Both were box office disappointments.

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  • Say What !

    It was bad enough as two theatrical releases . don’t ‘punish’ the viewers any more FAUX !

    • Don

      Wait…so he’s gonna be a cop…and be The Punisher?

      Do these guys ever READ the comics they want to make TV shows and movies out of?

      • Shemp

        DON”T YOU REALIZE that’s the “Hollywood way”? Didn’t you see (or hear of) “Howard the Duck”?

        Studio exec: “Hey, we go a cool property here! Let’s DISCARD everything that makes it cool and/or interesting and **** it up realllly bad!”

  • Ace

    Haha this is going to fail so hard.

  • Isaac

    Sounds like The Cape. Which failed epically, even though it wasn’t that bad a show.

    • Isaac

      I wonder what FOX knows that we don’t…

  • Rolo Tomasi

    Did you forget about The Punisher with Dolph Lundgren in 1989?

    • Solamente Dave

      Exactly what I was thinking. Although, that version is best forgotten.

      • Apps

        Aww c

  • Hypestyle

    –This might be better if Frank was a beat cop instead of a detective; he’s just a little more anonymous this way.
    This series has to have some truly really heinous bad guys, or else the series works against its main premise by having a licensed cop just blowing people away in secret..

  • jay

    If they do decide to do this they need to do it like revenge does and follow the whole avanging his murdered family mythology. id like to say tho, the first movie wasnt that bad.

    • Apos

      You mean the ’89 flick with Dolph Lundgren? If so,I disagree: That was VERY bad.

  • jets

    This was one of my favorite comics as a kid. Some really great stories and super bad ass character: almost sort of like Marvel’s version of Batman with more realism and less money and sympathy. Punisher shows no remorse or hesitation in killing bad guys. It’s too bad no screen translation has worked so far, but if done right it could be really gritty, cool, and good. Here’s hoping!

  • Mc Prophet

    I personally didn’t think the 2004 adaptation was that bad, it was violent and gritty just how they portray The Punisher in the comics. That being said, no network could possibly air a version of the property that would do it justice. It would need to be on HBO or Showtime, possibly FX or AMC if you wanna go basic cable. But you can’t have grisly visuals or colorful language on network station. This would be like the doomed Wonder Woman pilot, dead in the water before it even airs.

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      • Shemp

        Indeed — The Punisher is like Batman with NO MERCY and even LESS of a life! The comics often had REALLY DARK HUMOR and REALLY NASTY BAD GUYS that DESERVED Frank Castle turning them to hamburger!

  • juli

    This show needs to be aired on FX, so it can be dark, and gritty; or, it’ll flop so hard.

  • benlinus

    This show needs to be pieced together by HBO and released on Cinemax since both channels are owned by the same company.

  • kravnen

    honestly, a story like the punisher might actually work better as a series than it did as a feature film. more time to flesh out characters and stories.but yes, it would be best on fx

  • Thomas

    I think that Marvel should focus more on a showcase type of series where they focus on an ensemble of heroes, highlighting one for an episode or more. The true fans could find satisfaction in the interconnectivity of the storylines that lead to a large climax towards the end of the story arcs. Comic events like “Civil War” could help involve lots of characters, lend for multiple types of emotional scenes, and give writers a chance to tell a story without finding filler for a show that will need to sustain itself for the long run.

    • Lia

      I love Civil War but if you’re not a die-hard fan (and though we are many, the show would need at least 10 million viewers to not end up dying faster than Human Target) and you’re a total noob then you’d just be confused by all the super heroes and you’d have no idea who any of them are and why their struggle during the war matters. I can’t wait for the Civil War movie (it’s basically the cast of The Avengers so why not?) but the show would be expensive to make and hard to hook a big audience for.

  • Thomas

    No Marvel show should ever be: procedural.

  • Lia

    Punisher is the worst kind of character- he will kill ANYBODY who gets in his way as he seeks crazy vigilante justice. And he’s boring to boot. If you’re going to choose a character who occasionally likes to kill indiscriminately and give him a show, please go with Deadpool. At least he’s funny as hell and he gets shot up as many times as he does the shooting.

    • Cronus

      Not true, he only kills bad guys. Sounds like Fox wants their own version of Dexter.

      • Unknown

        Dexter is a 20th Century Fox property

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I hope he targets GLAAD or the Muslims or Planned Parenthood for his first kills. It’ll make great counter-programming to Glee or whatever other “alternative lifestyle” show they try to shove down our children’s throats.

    • Lia

      People like you existing is why I support Planned Parenthood.

    • Jeff

      Exactly how is Planned Parenthood part of the “alternative lifestyle”? You’re right about programming people are forced to watch though. My wife watches Glee. I don’t like the show, so I don’t watch. I have seen parts and I must say afterwards, I have a huge urge to have sex with men…then sing & dance afterwards in celebration. Idiot!

    • Elliott

      Good one, Rusty! Way to hit liberals were it hurts — by denigrating their precious Muslims!

      If Glee is “shoving things down your children’s throats” you’re not a good parent. Not that I would think an inbred Teabagger like you would be a good parent anyway.

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