"12 Years a Slave" Screenwriter Reportedly Working with Marvel on TV Project

John Ridley, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 2013's "12 Years a Slave," is reportedly working with Marvel Television on a potential series, according to a Friday report from Entertainment Weekly. It's described as "reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC," though what that character or property may be isn't yet clear.

Both Marvel and ABC declined comment on EW's story. Marvel Television also declined comment when reached by CBR. This news comes a week after word surfaced of a "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff reportedly in the works at ABC.

Ridley has experience in the comic book world -- he wrote the 2004 original graphic novel "The Authority: Human on the Inside" for WildStorm/DC Comics, and subsequent WildStorm miniseries "The American Way" and "The Razor's Edge," along with penning episodes of the "Justice League" and "Static Shock" animated series. He's currently working with ABC on the series "American Crime," which he created.

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