Marvel Developing TV Project with Oscar Winner John Ridley

Entertainment Weekly brings word that Marvel Entertainment is teaming up with Academy Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) to develop a new TV series. The outlet notes that the deal “involves reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC,” though neither has commented on the matter. Ridley has had a long career in television where he currently works on “American Crime” and has previously executive produced “The Wanda Sykes Show,” “Barbershop,” and “Third Watch,” among others.

This news comes off the reveal last week that Marvel Entertainment is developing a a spin-off for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” which is likely the same project that Ridley will executive produce. Details are slim about what the series will be other than elements of the series will be teased in the remaining episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” 

Marvel Entertainment’s television branch continues to expand following the debut of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix last week with “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” currently in production and slated to debut later this year. “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” are also set to debut on Netflix, culminating in “The Defenders.” Though additional seasons of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter” have not been officially ordered, both shows could also return.

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