By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
The latest live-action version of The Tick has been picked up for an entire season by Amazon – following the successful pilot.
Available on the company’s Prime streaming service, the pilot episode was viewed more than 15,000 times, leading to a full 10 episode series being ordered. Starring Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) as the titular superhero, the show will be available the US, Japan, Germany, Austria and the UK next year.
The character’s creator Ben Edlund will once again help produce the series, having presided over both an animated (1994) and live-action series (2001) at Fox – both of which were short-lived.
The satirical blue-eared hero was initially created as a newsletter mascot for Boston comic book stores before Edlund eventually gave the character his own series of comics in 1988.
Following the cancellation of the Fox live-action series in 2001, after only four episodes, Edlund went onto work on a number of successful television shows such as Firefly, Angel and Revolution.
Speaking with Polygon, he said: “The experience that I gained from working on these other projects became crucial. Before, I was inspired but I didn’t have the skills to make a TV show on my own terms. Now I’m just as inspired and I have the skills too.”
“This time, I had full control over the process and that was important to me. That was the only way I was going to do it. But we sat down, deconstructed it, and figured out how we wanted to make this version of the show different from the last one.”
And Edlund insisted the new show would have a more dramatic tone, compared to the Fox incarnations.
He said: “I don’t think we ever had someone die in The Tick. In the pilot, someone dies and it leaves a couple of people reeling. It’s a difficult scene, but it’s the kind of change that needed to happen.”
Original live-action star Patrick Warburton, who is also a producer on The Tick, will have a “special” appearance on the show, and perhaps the other cast. According to IGN (at NYCC 2016), there will be a Punisher parody (the cartoon also had one).
Stay tuned for more new on The Tick.