ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey has dropped an update on John Ridley’s mysterious TV adaptation of an as-yet-unrevealed existing Marvel property. Ridley’s project has been kept under wraps since it was first repoted, and now it’s apparently undergoing rewrites.
“John is working on a rewrite of that script for Marvel at the moment,” Channing Dungey, who is also the first African-American to serve as president of ABC Entertainment Group, said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “We have not seen a new version of it. He’s been on production of his show, over in London, and on season 3 of ‘American Crime’, so those are the things that have been top of mind for him of late. But I have heard from Marvel that he is working on a revision to that script.”
In the same interview, Dungey also said she is “very bullish” on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which is currently in its fourth season. She said, “Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been creatively the strongest season we’ve had yet. The episodes just keep getting better and stronger.”
Ridley, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “12 Years a Slave” and writer of the comic book “The American Way,” was initially tied to the Marvel project back in 2015, when it was described as “reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC.”
In January 2016 interview, Ridley offered some information on the series’ aims — specifically, its social consciousness. “You look at ‘Jessica Jones,’ and [Marvel’s] doing an interesting job of integrating [social consciousness],” he said. “I would say in general, graphic novels, their reason for existence is a little different. It’s about wish fulfillment, whether you’re talking about Peter Parker, a young, misunderstood kid trying to figure out his way; if you’re talking about Bruce Wayne, a man who’s dealing with the loss of his parents; whether you’re talking about Clark Kent, an orphan who’s trying to figure out what he’s meant to do without the guidance of his parents.”
“That’s not unusual for the graphic novel space, so I would just say I hope that I would bring an appropriate amount of reflective sensibility to whatever project I may or may not be involved with in the Marvel universe. But I do want it to be entertaining in its own right.”
Keep reading CBR for more information on John Ridley’s Marvel TV project as it becomes available.
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