Marvel Finds a Showrunner For IRON FIST Netflix Series
Marvel has sent out a press release revealing that they've found a showrunner for its Netflix series Iron Fist. Scott Buck will be the man to bring this project to life. Here's the first official synopsis for the show:
Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
There's good news and bad news here. Buck was the showrunner of the last four seasons of Dexter, arguably running a once-great show directly into the ground and tanking it with what's considered to be one of the worst finales of the "prestige television" era. That's the bad news. The good news is that starting from scratch and able to establish a style, tone, and vision all his own from the very beginning, maybe Buck will be able to make this series his own and have it live up to the quality of the Marvel Netflix shows that already exist. Apparently his pitch blew Jeph Loeb and the people at Marvel TV away:
“Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we’ve found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of The Defenders.”
“I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and “Iron Fist” to life with Marvel on Netflix,” said Buck.
It'll be interesting to see how Buck handles the story of Iron Fist, for two reasons. First, it's a character that could be seen as "problematic" in today's society, which is far more socially progressive than it was when this character was at his peak in the comic books. And secondly, on the surface there are some similarities with the story of Doctor Strange, so I'm looking forward to seeing how Marvel TV continues to distinguish themselves from the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while still setting up shows that take place in that same universe.
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