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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