We round up key geek TV news from recent days, with blockbuster news from Marvel leading the way.
It is Marvel Television that will be producing four new adult animated shows for Hulu, according to Variety. The shows will feature Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, and Tigra and Dazzler. The four series will then cross over in an animated special The Offenders, according to the report. Howard the Duck will be written and exec-produced by Kevin Smith and Dave Willis; M.O.D.O.K. will be written and exec-produced by Jordan Blum and Patton Aswolt; Hit-Monkey will be written and exec-produced by Blades of Glory team Josh Gordon and Will Speck; and Tigra & Dazzler will be written and exec -produced by Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler.
Netflix has also acquired the rights to The Old Guard, a feature film adapting the Greg Rucka graphic novel, according to Deadline. Rucka is writing the screenplay (see "Rucka Adapting ‘The Old Guard’"), with Charlize Theron and KiiKi Layne attached.
Neil Gaiman will write and exec-produce a revival of The Jim Henson Company anthology TV series The Storyteller for Fremantle. The original series featured retellings of folk and fairy tales for television, with creatures from Henson’s Creature Shop. "It's a terrifying and inspiring task to reinvent what Jim Henson did for the golden age of television we are in right now," Gaiman said, "and I'm honored that The Jim Henson Company would entrust me with the task of bringing back the storyteller and his magical stories, and sending him out into the world for a whole new round of tales."
Mattel has announced a slate of 22 animated and live-action TV series, attempting to join competitor Hasbro as a major force in television. Adam Bonnett, a 21-year veteran of the Disney Channel responsible for Hannah Montana, Descendants, Kim Possible, and other shows, has joined Mattel as Executive Producer and is running Mattel Television. No specific properties were announced for the initiative.