After the release of three major motion pictures, all with less-than-stellar box office totals, it appears that Marvel’s Punisher may be attempting to take a shot at the small screen as Variety reports that Disney’s ABC channel may have sold the rights for a Punisher television series to Fox for future development.
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.
If the rumors are true, the Punisher would become the third Marvel property to go into production as a television series; the other two currently in the works being Jessica Jones and The Incredible Hulk. After the failed attempt of David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman, the studios’ approach to bringing comic characters to the small screen is not being taken lightly. The networks have Guillermo del Toro taking on both the script and visual design for The Incredible Hulk while Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is working hard on developing Jessica Jones.
Clearly, Disney is taking full advantage of the properties it’s acquired after purchasing Marvel back in 2009. The only question is will any of these projects will pay off big for the studio, and more importantly, the fans.