The Walking Dead made the leap from spinner rack to small screen, becoming a smash hit for AMC. Now another cable network is hoping for similar success with another highly-respected alt-comics property: Last week, FX announced it was producing a pilot for a proposed series based on Powers, a long-running saga about cops in a city teeming with superheroes. READ FULL STORYLast year, an acclaimed indie comic book called
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The story follows two homicide detectives who investigate cases of people with extraordinary abilities, and is based on a graphic novel series (pictured, right) by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
The project marks a bit of a departure for FX, whose dramas are typically very real-world and gritty (which isn’t to say Powers won’t look-feel that way too). It’s also one of several pilots in the TV development pipeline that are attempting to essentially recook the magic The X-Files formula by blending a crime procedural with sci-fi or fantasy elements — such as Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct at NBC, J.J. Abrams’ Person of Interest at CBS, ABC’s Poe and NBC’s Grimm.
If it’s not the hottest female role for next fall, it’s certainly among the top five: NBC and Warner Bros. are currently on the lookout for an actress who’s popular, tough, gorgeous, and sympathetic enough to play the classic comic-book character in the network’s much-anticipated reboot. Easy peasy: One on every corner of Hollywood, right?
Not exactly. READ FULL STORY
ABC entertainment president Paul Lee says the chance of The Incredible Hulk and other Marvel titles joining network’s schedule is pretty high. (ABC and Marvel are both owned by the Walt Disney Company.)
ABC has been developing a slew of Marvel properties, including superhero-turned-detective Jessica Jones and the return of the not-so-jolly green giant.
“I’m thrilled we have Marvel within our family, it’s a superb opportunity for us,” he says. “If you’re going to bring back a franchise, it’s easier to launch a well-known franchise, but what really distinguishes these are the showrunners — we have A-list showrunners.” READ FULL STORY
Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is planning to bring Marvel superhero, Jessica Jones, to television, according to Variety. AKA Jessica Jones is being considered for ABC’s slate next fall, and Brian Michael Bendis, who created the comic-book series in 2001 (it was originally titled, Alias), will be a consultant for the show.
for yet a third time, but there are plenty of people in Hollywood who think The Hulk can still stage a comeback to the small screen. To wit: Some reports suggested that the newly-launched TV arm of Disney-owned Marvel is high on developing the franchise for another run in prime time. Insiders caution to EW that any speculation about the return of the big green man is premature, though interest from ABC is apparently there. But for right now, there is no script and certainly no modern-day Bill Bixby to assume the high-profile role.He aired on TV from 1978-82 and is about to return to the big screen
EW has been told that Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb (you’ll know him as the comic book writer who, together with Jesse Alexander, brought us the best years of Heroes) is on the lookout for a genre scribe who can reboot the franchise for today’s TV audiences. Rumor has it that Damon Lindelof (Lost) is among the writers on his wish list, though the Hollywood Reporter said Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick was also looking to pitch a take.
Even if we don’t see a new version of a Hulk TV series by next season – if at all – the promise of Marvel looking to expand its sphere of influence into TV is an exciting development, especially given all the titles (obscure or otherwise) that the company has at its disposal. Says Comic-Con marketing head David Glanzer, “I am excited at the prospect of comics getting more exposure on television. However, for me, storylines are critical. As a fan I want substance more than flash.”
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