The Punisher has had one hell of a bad ride when it comes to adaptions. With a god awful first film starring Dolph Lundgren, a decent, but unsuccessful second film starring Tom Jane, and the insult icing on the Punisher cake, a terrible reboot starring Ray Stevenson in the lead role of Frank Castle. But now the character is up for redemption, as Marvel & ABC have just sold a script for a television series pilot to Fox….
The news came from Variety, who learned the news only a few hours ago. ABC has been developing TV treatments for Marvel Studio’s The Incredible Hulk, AKA Jessica Jones, Mockingbird, and Cloak & Dagger; Now the two companies have sold a script to Fox based off The Punisher. Here is an excerpt with the little known plot and producer details we know about the pilot so far:
The Punisher is described as an hour-long procedural with a Marvel signature and a new take on one of comic book giant’s iconic characters, Frank Castle, 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 marks the first sale this season and the first one ever outside of ABC for Disney-owned Marvel, which is developing TV series based on its properties through ABC Studios.