Here’s a 3 and a half minute look at G4’s Anime-style WOLVERINE cartoon.
HEROES’ Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli) will voice Logan in the American dub, as revealed at Wondercon by Marvel Televisions Jeph Loeb, who also announced that Adrian Pasdar (Natan Petrelli) will play Tony Stark in the IRON MAN anime.
Both heroes exploits will take place largely in Japan, with Wolverine battle the Japanese undeworld, while Stark and Iron Man take on the Zodiac Organization.
Deadline.com reports that Guillermo del Toro (HELLBOY) and David Eick (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) are in talks to produce the new HULK TV series for ABC Studios and Marvel Television, both now owned by Disney.
According to the article, the two will hash out the story for the pilot, which will be written by David Eick. It seems it will be an origin story featuring an energetic, 20-something Bruce Banner.
Subject to his schedule, De Toro would direct the pilot, and design the look of the Hulk, likely a combination of prosthetic makeup, animatronic puppets, and CGI as needed.
The series, intended for the ABC Network possibly in Fall 2012, would be Guillermo del Toro’s first TV production.
According to The Wall Street Journal’s interview with Disney president and CEO Bob Iger, Marvel Studios is developing THREE live action televison series based on Marvel properties.
The first two announced were a new HULK TV show for ABC, and CLOAK AND DAGGER for ABC Family.
It’s unknown what character(s) the potential show will feature.
The Disney honcho also reiterated that Disney retrived the rights to IRON MAN 3 and THE AVENGERS from Paramount Pictures.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Entertainment and ABC are seriously developing a new TV version of THE INCREDIBLE HULK, despite the character already being committed to THE AVENGERS.
Marvel Television, headed on the creative side by Jeph Loeb, is also said to be working on a TV adaptation of Cloak and Dagger, possibly for ABC Family. ABC and ABC Family are both owned by Disney, which now owns Marvel.
Apparently, back in May, Marvel Television also pitched the ideas of a number of Marvel properties as potential series including:
HEROES FOR HIRE (Luke Cage. IRON FIST is reportedly in development as a feature film.)
KA-ZAR (Marvel’s long-standing Tarzan riff, now to solve crimes in today’s urban jungle, aided by his sabre-toothed tiger pal… No, really.)
AGENTS OF ATLAS
THE ETERNALS (Secret superheroes among us.)
THE PUNISHER (He’d have to go cable or become non-lethal, I’d guess.)
… and a number of female detective characters involved with superhumans in one way or another.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK was a succesful series for CBS from 1978-82, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. Attempts to use the character in later TV movies to launch THOR and DAREDEVIL series for ABC didn’t pan out.
For the full list of Marvel pitches, check out the link above.
Newsarama interviewed newly appointed Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb about the new division’s plans.
The writer/producer on shows such as HEROES explained that Marvel plans to continue to explore it Direct-To-DVD animated features, and aminmated series for television, including AVENGERS: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes coming to Disney XD (formerly Toon Disney or Jetix in some areas) this fall, and the already in-development ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN.
He wants to see Marvel Animation improve the quality of its productions to the level of their print and film divisions, particularly now that they are part of Disney.
“And then there’s a brand new division that we’ll do with live action, where we’re working in partnership with ABC and ABC Family to find the right properties, the right characters and develop them.
To start, we will be exploring the one-hour drama field similar to the shows that I mentioned that I’ve worked on, like SMALLVILLE and LOST.
…The real key for us is to find the right property for the right network with the right studio, and make sure we’ve got the right creator-showrunner in order to bring that vision to the screen.
We are planning on doing this very cautiously, very carefully and very selectively — it’s worked very well for the feature department, and that’s the model that we’ll be looking at.”
Read the entire interview at the link above.
According The Hollywood Reporter, Jeph Leob (HEROES) has been made the head of a new division of Marvel Entertainment: Marvel Television.
Loeb, with writing and producing credits for both comic books and TV shows (SMALLVILLE) will supervise the the adaptation of Marvel Comic’s properties into live-action and animated projects for televsion and the Direct-To-DVD market.
Dan Buckly, Marvel’s Publisher and the President of the print, animation and digital divisions, will work with Jeph Loeb on these productions.
Loeb’s job title will be Executive Vice President, Head of Television.
Loeb’s has written comic books for both Marvel and competitor DC in the past, winning two Eisner Awards for his work on Batman.
This move mirrors DC Entertainment’s recent appointment of Geoff Johns (also a SMALLVILLE writer) to oversee development of their characters for the screen.