We’ve known for awhile that John Ridley has had a mystery Marvel Television project in development for ABC and a recent little tidbit makes it sound as if it is still being worked on. As we haven’t heard any rumors or details on it in quite some time, it almost felt as if it was dead in the water but now that doesn’t appear to be the case. It is fair to say that Marvel Television almost has much on their plate as Marvel’s Cinematic Universe at this time with the six Netflix shows, ABC’s Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘The Inhumans‘, Hulu’s ‘Runaways’ and now both ‘Cloak & Dagger’ and ‘New Warriors’ being developed for Freeform.
So where does this leave us for a third ABC series as ‘Agent Carter’ was canceled and ‘Most Wanted’ wasn’t picked up?
The Oscar-winning writer and producer wouldn’t share much but did say:
“I still want to do it. Hopefully, it will still get done. They’ve got a release schedule that far exceeds my life expectancy.”
While it looks like his project wasn’t at the top of the list to go into development, ABC might have another new slot to fill. The network had previously ordered a pilot for ‘Damage Control, ‘ and while we haven’t heard any progress on it, DC already has ‘Powerless‘ on the air, and it sounds as if we’ll be seeing the company show up as being owned by Tony Stark in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ We’ve witnessed how well that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has played with Marvel Television as of late so I’m not sure what that would mean for any chance that the series would still be a go.
Last we had heard about this mystery series is when ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey shared that it was undergoing active rewrites.
With both ‘Cloak & Dagger’ and ‘Runaways’ having been the leading trains of thought as to what Ridley would be adapting, it seems to be up in the air as to what it could be now. There is a rumor that ‘Sub-Mariner’ would be shooting in Hawaii though there was no word as to if it would be a movie, television show, or was even going through Marvel as the rights have never been clarified for Namor.
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