Disney is reaping the full rewards of its timely purchase of Marvel Studios. The House of Mouse has recently sold the television rights of Frank Castle, otherwise known as the murderous vigilante The Punisher. Fox was the transaction’s beneficiary, most likely hoping to recapture the success of their previous crime dramas like “The Shield”. Although no specifics have been released, the rumor mill produced this little-tid bit of information:
The Punisher is described as an hour-long procedural with a Marvel signature and a new take on one of comic book giant’s iconic characters, Frank Castle, a rising star detective with the NYC Police Department who moonlights as the vigilante Punisher seeking justice for those the system has failed. Bernero will executive produce along with Marvel. This marks the first sale this season and the first one ever outside of ABC for Disney-owned Marvel, which is developing TV series based on its properties through ABC Studios.
This will be the third live action Marvel television show to debut in the coming years. ABC, one of Disney’s TV subsidiaries, plans to produce a new Incredible Hulk series along with a Jessica Jones primetime drama.
If any of these shows has a chance at success, it’s The Punisher. His story definitely shares the most with typical television dramas, but in all fairness, almost every drama on TV is about cops. We’ll just have to wait and see on this one, but I’m hoping for the best.
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