ABC and Marvel Sell ‘Punisher’ TV Series to Fox

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Deadline is reporting that ABC and Disney that they have sold a show based off Marvel’s very popular character, The Punisher, to Fox for next season. The show will has been created by Ed Bernero, who was showrunner for a while on ‘Criminal Minds’, as well as it’s spin off.  No one has yet been cast, but if the pilot is meant to land by next season, I expect we’ll hear something very soon. Hit the jump for more.

The Punisher will be hour-long procedural based on the Marvel comic, but with a new take on on the it’s title character, Frank Castle. In the new series, Frank will be a rising star detective with the NYC Police Department who moonlights as the vigilante Punisher seeking justice for those the system has failed. Bernero will executive produce along with Marvel. This is already the first sale this season, as first  well as the first show sold outside of ABC for Disney-owned Marvel. This won’t be the first time people will see the Punisher on screen as he has had three movie outings in the last twenty five years, none of which have been hugely successful.

Marvel is currently developing two more shows right now for ABC based off their comics: ‘The Incredible Hulk’, being produced by Guillermo Del Toro, and ‘AKA Jessica Jones’, based on the comic series ‘Alias’ (no relation to the J.J. Abrams’ series), about a female detective who used to be a superhero.Disney and Marvel really are jumping to bring their characters to the television, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing with so many iconic characters. As a big fan of the character of the Punisher though, I’m a little weary of the new twist on the character, as I feel as if they’re trying to pull in the ‘Dexter’ crowd with it’s synopsis. I guess we’ll have  to wait to see what happens. Are any of you excited about this? Or do you want to see Marvel focus on their other series? Or did you want to see a new Punisher film? Let me know in the comments below.

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