THE TICK Gets an Official Pilot Order at Amazon!
Back in 2014, we learned that the live-action version of The Tick starring Patrick Warburton would be making a comeback at Amazon. Well, after two years of wondering if that was really going to happen, Deadline reports that Amazon has finally ordered a pilot episode! Unfortunately, Warburton is not expected to be involved in this series. Regardless of Warburton's absence, I’m still freakin’ happy that the series is coming back!
The original live-action series aired on Fox in 2001, and it only lasted nine episodes. The Tick creator Ben Edlund is set to come back to write and executive produce the project, so we know that the crazy comedic superhero property is in the best hands possible.
The pilot already has some of the cast filled out. According to the report, Griffin Newman (Vinyl) will play Arthur Everest, and Valorie Curry (House of Lies, The Following) has been cast as his sister Dot Everest. There’s no other casting information right now, but they are on the hunt to find someone for the lead role. Here are some plot details that have been revealed:
The reboot will bring back the eponymous muscle-bound, antennae-sporting superhero, along with his sidekick Arthur (Newman), surrounded by a new host of characters. (The Fox series co-starred Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty and Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel.)
In the new incarnation, the blue suit-wearing Tick is recovering from a memory loss. He ends up re-teaming with Arthur to fight evil. Newman’s Arthur, played in the Fox series by David Burke, had been labeled as a schizophrenic because of his statements that evil plans to rule the city, and no one believes him until he runs into Tick. Curry’s Dot Everest is a nurse who loves her brother Arthur to death and worries about him.
Fox is also in negotiations with Transcendence director Wally Pfister to helm the pilot which is being produced through Sony Pictures Television. He was also Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer on the Dark Knight trilogy
I’ve been a fan of The Tick ever since I was introduced to the character in the 1994 animated series. I’m excited to see how this series turns out!