Amazon has ordered a pilot for a new live-action comedy series take on Ben Edlund’s iconic comic book character “The Tick” which Sony Pictures TV is producing.
Edlund (“Gotham,” “Firefly,” “Supernatural”) created the 1994 animated series and the 2001 short-lived live-action TV series about the character. He’ll return as writer and executive producer alongside Barry Josephson.
Griffin Newman (“Vinyl”) is set to play Arthur Everest, and Valorie Curry (“Veronica Mars”) has been cast as his sister Dot Everest in the pilot which will bring back the muscle-bound, antennae-sporting superhero along with a new host of characters. In this take, The Tick is recovering from a memory loss and re-teams Arthur to fight evil.
Patrick Warburton, who played the title character in the 2001 series and was rumored to be returning two years ago when revival rumors sprang up, is NOT expected to be involved in the Amazon pilot. Casting is currently underway for the lead.
“Transcendence” helmer Wally Pfister is reportedly in negotiations to direct the project.