‘Scarlet’ TV Series in the Works at Cinemax

By June 11, 2016

Aside from continuing to dominate the genre on the silver screen, Marvel’s TV side has been steadily growing in quantity and quality over the past few years, with the Netflix Defenders series particularly receiving critical acclaim ever since Daredevil‘s season one premiere last year. Now, it looks like, following Jessica Jones, yet another Brian Michael Benis creation may be on its way to the small screen, this time on another premiere TV platform.

Deadline is reporting from the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas that Benis has revealed a TV series adaptation of Scarlet is currently being developed for Cinemax, based on the comic book that he co-created with artist Alex Maleev. Bendis revealed:

“I do a book called Scarlet which is soon to be announced also in our universe of television. Not announced yet, but HBO.”

The creator was quick to point out that the project is currently at “the earliest stage” of development and “the team around it…will be announced as soon as all are on the same page.”

First published in 2010 under Marvel’s Icon Imprint, Scarlet follows a rebellious young woman from Portland, Oregon named Scarlet Rue, who ends up starting a second American revolution. Similar to The Punisher in both its tone and intense violence, the comic is known for its controversial political commentary. Bendis noted:

“Scarlet is a list of things you can’t get made. Here’s a female lead who’s killing cops because her world is broken.” But, he says, “when it was sold it was sold to people who were actively looking for that, so that put us in a good place. So stay tuned.”

Scarlet series on Cinemax would be big, not only for its increase in diversification in the industry right now (with a strong and complex female lead), but also for its place at Cinemax as well. As more and more comic book adaptations begin to hit high-end streaming platforms and networks like AMC, seeing an Icon comic book like Scarlet be put on a network like Cinemax could mean big things for the continuing diversification of content we’ll be getting tone-wise from these adaptations, and can only mean good things for the series’ production quality and budget as well.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Most of the good Cinemax shows are ones they bought from BBC. Banshee started good but the but went off the tracks quickly.