HULK Television Show To Hopefully Hit ABC Airwaves Next Year, Network Passes On AKA JESSICA JONES
Paul Lee, Entertainment President for ABC talks optimistically about the Hulk television show. Work will continue on the Guillermo del Toro project while AKA Jessica Jones comes to a halt.
Lee stated in a conference call this morning that he would "like more Marvel projects to come to ABC".
"Hulk is in development,it wasn't going to be ready this season but we hope it's going to be ready for next season."
Fan favorite Guillermo del Toro (Hell Boy, Pan's Labrynth) is developing the project the television network which also has Disney for a parent company.
"We're immensely proud to be [in] company with The Avengers," he said. "We're going to continue to develop aggressively. We're very happy to make shows not just for our own network but for other networks too. Where the shows are more appropriate to our brand they'll go with us. Where they're more appropriate to brands like Fox [Click here for disappointing news about The Punisher] or NBC, CBS, happy to do that too. We would like to see some Marvel projects move to television."
When pressed for details, Lee remained mum only dangling the interesting reveal that the network has other Marvel properties to develop.
"We've got some in development, but none that I can talk about at this point."
Sadly, one of those shows is not AKA Jessica Jones. Lee confirmed that AKA Jessica Jones, a TV adaptation of the Marvel comic book series Alias, will not be going to series. Reportedly, the show would have featured titular character, Jessica Jones with feature appearances from Luke Cage and Carol Danvers, better known as Ms. Marvel.
Initially, my first thought in response to Lee's comments about more Marvel properties in development lead me to AKA Jessica Jones so I was stunned to learn that ABC declined to move forward. On paper, it had the potential to be a fabulous show. No update on the fate of the "Cloak and Dagger" ABC Family show as of yet but we'll post details if there's any development. With the success of The Avengers, it makes me wonder if Disney is simply rethinking which characters they want to bring to primetime airwaves. Maybe a S.H.I.E.L.D. espionage television show?
Del Toro and Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick continue to develop Hulk for ABC.
Development on Jessica Jones by "Twilight" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has reportedly come to a halt.
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