As a long time Dredd fan I was perplexed that the latest Dredd movie from director Pete Travis didn’t do very well at the box office. I thought it was a damn fine film; gritty, violent, and stylish. The disappointing box office ($35 million worldwide before DVD sales on a $50 million dollar budget) Dreddpulled in quickly set fans wondering if we’d ever see Karl Urban‘s chin under that iconic Judge Dredd helmet ever again.
One of the Dredd producers Adi Shankar recently went on Reddit to do an AMA (Ask-Me-Anything). When asked about the possibility of a sequel he responded:
“Probably not. But I am working on a Dredd short in the vein of #DirtyLaundry …you’re actually the first person to know about this…”
As of this moment this is just a promise to fans. No story or script, no actors or director signed on. Hopefully Shankar will follow through and get the short off the ground. The short film he mentions is a Punisher short called Dirty Laundry, starring Thomas Jane and directed by Phil Joanou. I consider it more of a love letter to Punisher fans than your run of the mill short film. You can check it out below to get the feel of what Shankar wants to do.
Marvel has done fantastic in the world of Hollywood for the last few years but they’re equally stong in the animated market. With a multitude of series on their way, a lot of kids are going to be happy and, according Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, so will us bigger kids.
Loeb, who’s a busy man developing live-action and animated shows based on the Marvel catalog of characters, was a recent guest on the worldballoon podcast. During his time on the podcast, he shared some of the recent developments on the Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. series for ABC and a few of the animated programs scheduled for 2013. While Loeb does reveal 15 other animated projects at various stages in production the one that caught our attention is the currently unannounced animated project starring Frank Castle, better known to us as The Punisher.
While he doesn’t get into specifics, he does mention the inclusion of the Black Widow — which isn’t much more than a tease, but it’s a start. Just the idea of an animated Punisher sounds awesome and I personally can’t remember the last time he was in an animated series outside The Super Hero Squad Show – don’t ask how I know, I just do.
His work on the first Punisher and the short film Dirty Laundry should cement his spot voicing Frank one more time and hopfully Marvel will be smart to listen. They’ve done a great job listening to the fans so far and this isn’t the time to start letting us down now.
Thomas Jane has played the Frank Castle, Mickey Mantle, a member of the Vegan Police, Jonah Hex, a soldier, a gigolo and more, but the thing that is most impressive about the every-man actor is his mind for comics.
More than a fan of the medium, I spoke at length with Jane about pre-code comics, Bruce Jones, and adapting the cult horror film (which and short story Dark Country (which Jane directed) to a wordless graphic novel by Thomas Ott. After that, we spoke about the future of comic book inspired films and I asked him if he’s done with The Punisher. (more…)
Last Saturday night at SDCC 2012, Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman premiered a short film called DirtyLaundry. Go ahead, watch the video then come back for some follow up about the surprise ending and Thomas Jane’s comments about the short film.
After the premier of the short, Thomas Jane said:
“I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.”
The conversation later went to Twitter when in a reply on Twitter to a fan who asked if he had some kind of agenda making the short, Jane added:
“Not pushing anything. Just a fan film from Friends of Frank.”
What did you think about the short? This NerdBastard hopes that more shorts might be in the works. The Punisher character would be a great cable television show, just think “Highway to Heaven” with the Punisher in place of the angel that Micheal Landon played. There could even be guest appearances by other Marvel heroes as Frank travels the world.
There’s three feature films based on The Punisher and all of em’ suck. Now, I’m not saying Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, or Ray Stevenson weren’t absolute bad-asses, which they were (so stay the fuck away from me Jane fans), it was a matter of a mediocre character being handled by second-rate directors/writers that lead to film trumpery. The Punisher needed the touch of Nolan or someone of equivalent talent to make such a so-so character into something more. Suffice to say, the Punisher has had 3 attempts at cinematic countenance and failed. TV on the other hand, well that may be a more suitable avenue for the no mercy vigilante.
With ABC series adaptations of The Incredible Hulk and Jessica Jones under development, it only makes sense for Marvel-Disney to make further use of it’s catalog of heroes and Mr. Castle (Frank) seems to be on their check list. The trades of Variety, among other media outlets, are suggesting that Disney’s ABC channel has sold a television series based on famous Marvel comics character to FOX.
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 a vigilante Punisher seeking justice for those the system has failed. Ed Bernero (co-create “Third Watch” for NBC) with executive produce along with Marvel. The marks the first sale this season the first one ever outside of ABC for Disney-owned Marvel, which is developing TV series based on it’s properties through ABC studios.
This was sounding great until I got to the FOX part. Eh, maybe it will be on FX (subsidiary of FOX) and thus have a chance of being a good show and avoid the FOX cancellation guillotine. Will see. Overall, I like the idea of Punisher being adapted for TV. It might not be as violent as we’d hope it to be, but it would allow for better character and story development.
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