You’re 92 years old, you’re basically responsible for the creation of an entire comic book universe, and you’re more famous now than you’ve even been, what do you do for an encore? Well, if you’re Stan “The Man” Lee, you make a move into television. And not just the hoi polloi of American television, but the snooty, top shelf level of British television. It’s an interesting twist in the long career of Lee, who could basically live off the residuals generated by all his characters and their movies and TV series for the rest of his life, but I doubt retirement’s ever been in Lee’s vocabulary. Still, it’s an unusal move for Lee, but he’s always been a Lucky Man.
According to The Guardian, that’s the title of Lee’s new show, Lucky Man. The 10-part series is being made by Lee’s POW! Entertainment with Carnival Films, the production company behind the long-running hit series Downton Abbey. British actor James Nesbitt (the Hobbit trilogy) will star in the series as Harry Clayton, a homicide detective who has just broken up with his wife, lost custody of his child, and owes thousands to a ruthless crime boss. But all that changes when he’s given a magical MacGuffin, a bracelet, that allows him to change his own luck.
“Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world,” said Lee. “With all the creative projects I have worked on, I sure am a lucky man myself.”
“Lucky Man is a different kind of superhero show – Stan has come up with an absolutely brilliant idea; something that we can all relate to,” added executive producer Richard Fell. “What if you could control luck? Would that be the greatest thing you could give someone, or their worst nightmare? It’s a twist which brings the whole superhero genre right back down to earth.”
Lee’s past ventures into original TV have included the reality series Who Wants to Be a Superhero? and Fan Wars, the animated Stripperella, and the webseries Time Jumper.
As for Lucky Man, the concept sounds interesting, potentially dark and disturbing and deeply dramatic like other recent made-in-Britain dramatic hits like The Fall or Broadchurch. But is that the tone that Lee is going for? Because I’m not sure that’s the tone he’s actually known for. On the other hand, maybe Lee’s just fishing for another opportunity to cameo in something.
Lucky Man, co-starring Eve Best, Sienna Guillory, and Amara Karanz will air sometime next year on Sky1.
Source: Geek Tyrant