UPDATE 9/1/2014 1:30 PM PT: Ben Edlund, creator of “The Tick,” confirmed via Twitter on Sunday that there are indeed plans at work for a new live-action take on “The Tick.”
Yes for now suffice it to say the dream of a new live-action Tick is being pursued with vigor #bringbackTheTick
– ben_edlund (@ben_edlund) August 31, 2014
Edlund’s tweet has been the only official statement on the matter thus far, and doesn’t confirm or deny other aspects of People’s original report — that Patrick Warburton, star of the 2001-2002 “Tick” live-action Fox series, would return to the title role, or that the revival was in the works at Amazon. Following People’s initial report, The Wrap followed with its own account — also stating Warburton would return to the role for an Amazon pilot — sourced to “an individual with knowledge of the deal.”
Originally published Aug. 30, 2014: Here’s something you probably didn’t expect heading into the long weekend: Friday evening, People published a report that Patrick Warburton will return to “The Tick,” in a revival set to air on Amazon’s streaming video service.
According to People’s unnamed source, Warburton “recently inked a deal with Amazon and Sony” to reprise the role, with “Tick” creator Ben Edlund on board to produce and write. Multiple outlets have picked up on this story online, all sourcing back to the People report and many expressing skepticism given the unlikely nature of the claim. Warburton’s 12-years-later return to “The Tick” has yet to be confirmed or denied by Amazon or Sony — or by Warburton or Edlund themselves.
Warburton played “The Tick” on the Fox live-action series based on the character, which ran for nine episodes in the 2001-2002 season. The live-action “Tick” followed the beloved Fox Kids cartoon that ran from 1994 to 1996, and the “Tick” comic book series the kicked off the franchise in 1988.
“The Tick” was not a hit on Fox, but received positive reviews for its humorous take on superhero life. Along with Warburton as The Tick, the show also starred David Burke as Arthur, Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty and Nestor Carbonell — who later appeared in both “Lost” and “The Dark Knight” — as Batmanuel. “Men in Black” director Barry Sonnenfeld and “Seinfeld” writer Larry Charles served as executive producers, with Sonnenfeld directing the pilot.
In 2009, Warburton discussed the possibility of returning to the role in an interview with CBR News.
“I’m sure the character will definitely be coming back,” Warburton said. “I don’t know if I’ll be the lucky guy, but I’d love to be the guy. I wish Barry’d make the movie right now, you know? And let me do it. But if they ever make ‘The Tick’ movie, who knows who will get to play The Tick? But it probably ain’t going to get to be me, that’s the reality.”
At press time, neither Warburton or Edlund have publicly acknowledged the report, but writer Benito Cereno — who has authored much of New England Comics’ recent “Tick” comic book material — shared the article on his Tumblr, along with a simple “Hmmmmmmm.”
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