New Marvel Series At Cinemax
Variety and Deadline are reporting that Cinemax has made a deal with Marvel Comics to develop a television series of the Scarlet comic book. This comes from a report out of the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, where series creator Brian Michael Bendis leaked the information that:
“I do a book called Scarlet which is soon to be announced also in our universe of television. Not announced yet, but HBO.”
Cinemax, HBO’s sister network, will develop the show, after recently premiering an adaption of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast, to good reviews and fan praise. Bendis also has his hand in Jessica Jones and Powers comics developed for television; the former is part of the Netflix-Marvel television shows and the latter is a Playstation broadcasted series.
Causing A Revolution
Bendis and Alex Maleev’s comic series followed the adventures of Scarlet Rue, a rebellious woman who stands against a corrupt society and begins a revolution. The comic was published by Marvel under their creator owned Icons imprint. According to Bendis, the original concept for the comic came from an act of police brutality, which makes the series timely as there have been numerous public police brutality reports in recent news. Bendis states, “Scarlet is a list of things you can’t get made. Here’s a female lead who’s killing cops because her world is broken.” A brutal, yet quippy protagonist, it’s very likely that Scarlet won’t fall under the big Marvel Cinematic and Television Universe umbrella.
Bendis is well known for writing for Marvel Comics, with comics ranging from X-Men to Guardians of the Galaxy to International Iron Man and New Avengers. He also created Ultimate Spider-Man for Marvel, along with the character Miles Morales. His Powers comic was also published under Marvel’s Icon line.
Casting and a tentative start date has not been announced. Word of the Nerd will bring you information as it becomes available for this developing series.