Marvel Netflix Shows to Film in New York, Beginning with ‘Daredevil’

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Marvel Studios’ isn’t just gunning to reach new creative (and, the studio hopes, box office) heights with its Shared Cinematic Universe installments in 2014 – political thriller/sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier and cosmic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy – but also on the small screen.

Last year, the comic book film production house announced a deal with Netflix, where the streaming entertainment service will premiere four original Marvel Studio TV series – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – before the shows’ eponymous characters (being residents of Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, NY) are featured together in an Avengers-style team-up mini-series, with The Defenders.

Today Marvel, Netflix Inc., The Walt Disney Company and NY governor Andrew M. Cuomo formally announced that the upcoming series about the “flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen” will be principally filmed on location in New York state. The official press release claims that the deal with result in the creation of thousands of jobs for local New Yorkers, while they collaborate with the filmmakers and heads of Marvel to produce some 60 one-hour episodes total, with 13 episodes reserved for each individual Hell’s Kitchen superhero (plus upwards of 8 episodes devoted to the Defenders story arc).

Here is the official statement on the development, issued by Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine:

“We thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series. Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ stories.”

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First in line to head to work in Summer 2014 will be Daredevil, with Drew Goddard – a former writer/producer on the TV shows Alias and Lost and the co-writer/director of The Cabin in the Woods – having been recruited to serve as the head show-runner.

Following that, the next project on the agenda should be Jessica Jones, which is being overseen by Melissa Rosenberg – the screenwriter behind the five Twilight movies, as well as a former writer/producer on Dexter and developer on ABC’s mob drama/thriller series Red Widow (among other TV shows). Luke Cage and Iron Fist are currently without show-runners (officially-speaking), but that will change in the foreseeable future.

These Hell’s Kitchen-based comic book properties are not popular enough to warrant their own vehicles as part of the Marvel shared film-verse, by the studios’ own admission. However, the greater creative freedom afforded by a home at Netflix ought to (fingers crossed) allow these series to have their own distinct flavor – as to better stand apart as unique forms of genre entertainment. If nothing else, the hope is that these series won’t just feel like homogenized products/knockoffs, meant to emulate the model for success employed by Marvel Studios during its early days (sorry Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1.1).

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Here is the full official press release for this new development:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today announced that Marvel’s landmark live-action television series, which will bring Marvel’s ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ characters to Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will principally film in New York State. Produced by Marvel Television, in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking series is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action television storytelling and represents the largest film or television production project commitment in New York State history.

Filming is set to begin in the Summer 2014 and will create at least three thousand jobs in New York State including up to 400 full time jobs. The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

“New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before,” said Governor Cuomo. “And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses. The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world.  These shows bring New York’s superheroes home where they belong – along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business.”

“Since 2008 Disney has directly contributed almost half a billion dollars to New York’s economy through television and film production, along with approximately 9,000 jobs for New Yorkers,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “The Governor’s policies make this great state a more affordable and attractive location, opening the door for even greater economic investment and job creation for New Yorkers. Our Marvel series for Netflix will inject millions directly into the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs.”

“We thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series. Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ stories,” said Alan Fine, President, Marvel Entertainment.

Last November, Disney and Netflix announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs totaling 52 one-hour episodes culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series programming event. Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking viewers deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as “The Defenders,” much like “The Avengers.”

This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm.

“The Defenders are classic New York characters; smart, resourceful and tough enough to always stand up for what’s right,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We’re delighted they’re coming to life on their home turf thanks to Governor Cuomo and his team.”

When Governor Cuomo took office in 2011, he made the attraction of the film and television production and post-production industries, and jobs and the economic impact they bring with them, a key part of his overall strategy to grow New York State’s economy. Since that time, he has signed into law several important changes to both programs to make New York more competitive in this global marketplace, and the results have been significant. Both programs enjoyed record-breaking years in 2013, bringing billions of dollars in new spending and thousands of jobs into the Empire State. The stability provided by multiyear funding has particularly encouraged the development of television series production work, like the new Marvel series, as well as long term investments in infrastructure, all of which creates thousands of jobs directly and indirectly related to the actual productions themselves.

During calendar year 2013, applications for 183 film productions were submitted that included 124 films, 33 television programs and 26 pilots. These projects will:

·         Generate a direct spend of $2.11 billion in NYS;

·         Collect a projected $477 million in credits; and

·         Hire an estimated 128,165 actors and crew for the 183 projects submitted.

John Ford, President, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 52 said, “The men and women of the IATSE look forward to participating in this ground breaking endeavor. Thanks to the vision of Governor Cuomo and the Legislature, the long term funding of the production incentives gives employers the comfort they need to invest in these new avenues of entertainment, which will provide thousands of new jobs with good wages and benefits.”

Thomas J. O’Donnell, President Teamsters Local 817 said, “Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 is thrilled that Marvel’s newest television series will be filmed in New York. This long-term commitment is an incredible accomplishment that will bring not just jobs, but also stability to our members work and family lives.”


Casting and additional show-runner announcements for the various Marvel/Netflix shows will be arriving in the months ahead; as ever, we’ll keep you updated.

Source: Marvel/Netflix

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  1. find it funny that you say that they are not popular enough to warrant their own Marvel shared film-verse. even the ones who got movies was not popular. i wish Marvel Studio done a Heroes For Hire movie that could of been Marvel version of Fast and Furious or Tango and Cash action movie.

    • cool idea

    • Maybe they will in future, depending on the popularity of these shows?

  2. Too much of a good thing. Gonna kill the genre much like the TV Western did.

    • The T.V. western genre lasted for a good decade and a half.

      • And there’s honestly WAY more variation in this genre than in TV Westerns.

        • The only modern thing comparable to Westerns is Cop shows, and we have a million of those.

          • I thought Hell On Wheels was a western. Maybe I’m mistaken.

            • I’ve watched every episode of “Hell On Wheels” myself, but TV Westerns are now the exception and no longer rule the roost.

          • Yeah, but cop movies don’t bring in a billion dollars at the box office. My point is, why buy the popcorn when you can get the cop for free?

  3. Any Casting news for Matt Murdock/Daredevil???
    Guy Pearce would be my first choice for DD as he is quite fitting to the characters likness and voice also is a hell of an actor.
    Mathew Fox would be a close second.

    • “Guy Pearce would be my choice for Matt Murdock”

      Too bad he’s already played a Marvel character.

      • Who did he play? I don’t remember…

        • Forget it, he played the Mandarin lol. But that’s not an issue, Chris Evans also played two marvel characters, and there isn’t any problem with that.. I agree, Guy Pierce would be a very good choice for Daredevil!

          • Ben Kingsley was the Mandarin. Guy played Aldrich Killian.

          • Chris Evan’s played J Storm, but that character’s owned by Fox, so him playing Cap has nothing to do with that. Two different universes.
            Guy Pearce playing DD and Aldrich would be crazy, but it’d be funny to have an RDJ or Don Cheadle cameo where they say something like, “Have we met before? You look really familiar”

  4. Hmmm… nice! I’m curious to who will play Daredevil now…
    To be honest though, I’m more excited about Iron Fist of all four, because they need to have an actual martial artist to play him correctly.
    I wonder if they start shooting in the summer, they (or at least Matt Murdock) will have a cameo in Age of Ultron? One thing for sure, they will probably show up in Avengers 3 Hmmm…

    • An Iron Fist series is like my dream come true!

    • I am more excited for these than the movies, the wait is killing me unlike Avengers 2

    • Cam Gigandet pretty much looks like Danny Rand already, and he can fight.

    • Ordinarily, I’d rule out “names” but considering Netflix’ ‘House Of Cards’ I wouldn’t rule out familiar screen actors. So I expect DD and JJ to have something along those lines. But as for Iron Fist…if I were casting that, I’d consider soap actor Bren Foster who showcased his Taekwondo skills in recent DTV Steven Seagal movies, most notably Force of Execution. Also, I’d be okay w/ Scott Adkins as well. I know, I know…a usual pick but folks, you gotta SEE Ninja II if you haven’t already.

      I’d expect one of these two.

  5. Come on with it!

  6. This is good news. If it wasn’t filmed in NY then it wouldn’t look the right.

  7. “Flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen”

    Yes, yes, yes and yes. Set this sh*t in the 70s, accompany DD, Cage and Fist with a 70s soundtrack… holy crap…


    • I don’t remember Hell’s Kitchen being that bad, they need to send Luke Cage and Iron to Harlem or Brooklyn! Lol

  8. Seems the age they would be going for will be the deciding factor in who plays Iron Fist. 10 years ago I’d have said Ray Park.

    • Marvel will most likely get a Martial Artist out of Hong Kong to play Iron Fist (it would be bananas if Marvel dubbed the voices, lol) since they are going to cast an Asian actor. 13 episodes of Iron Fist is like a dream coming true, and now that they have announced that the filming will take place in New York; hopefully, the writers will downplay his K’un L’un origins (because K’un L’un kind of whack). They should begin the series with him returning to New York after killing Shou-Loo.

  9. i dont know why, but i realy dont care about the marvel universe especialy on TV series, after Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. i lost every drop of interest in marvel projects, but Dare Davil deserves to have a decent story at least

    • Agents of SHIELD is a super duper bad show, but I don’t see how Marvel can go wrong with these four characters, Jewel seems like the biggest risk. A lot depends on who they cast as Purple Man, if that actor is convincing then that show should be awesome as well. As far and Power Man and Iron Fist you really can’t go wrong there and if Daredevil is done similar to how Dexter was produced then that show should do find as well.

      Agents of SHIELD has bad casting, the characters are boring, and the writing is bad. They don’t have 40 years of comics to build off, like these shows do.

  10. My personal casting choices:
    Aaron Paul- Daredevil
    Drake Bell- Ironfist
    Boris Kodjoe- Luke Cage
    Danai Gurrira- Jessica Jones(I know Jessica Jones is white in the comics but I love Gurira and I think she would be perfect for the role)

    • I’d say that Aaron Paul would make a better Iron Fist. For Daredevil I’d go with Kevin McKidd.

  11. Marvel Super-heroes, Disney, and Netflix…love ‘em all! A marriage made in Heaven, and I smell winners on the horizen! Between the upcoming Hero movies, the netflix heroes, and from DC: Hourman and Flash and Supes vs. Bats…well, guess I’m gonna do a whole lot more show-watching and a bit less mowing the lawn!

  12. At least they will be able to get more character development due to being tv-shows instead of movies.
    And they wouldn’t be restricted by the amount of movies Marvel can afford to release per year without them overlapping with each other or other very popular franchises.
    And I do think that this will turn out better than SHIELD since each tv-show will have less characters to worry about. Granted that it wouldn’t have been an issue in the hands of more skilled writers.

  13. Michael C. Hall for DD

  14. Hmmmmm……..13 episodes per charater and 8 for the defenders.

    Not bad and at. Least it won’t be as bad as SHeILD.

    I laughed a bitwhen they said the hells kitchen characters aren’t bankable.

    I they are underestimating how popular they are. But it will be easier to expose them. I mean pay 10 dollars for a 2 and a half hour movie…..or 8 dollars for 60 hrs….good call.

  15. Matt Smith as daredevil….. I’m not a HUGE Doctor Who fan but I don’t hate the idea.

  16. I got my first taste of iron fist and luke cage on the ultimate spider-man lol

  17. The Rook would make an awesome TV series or Movie. The Rook is an adventure hero like Daryl Dickson of the Walking Dead. Emmy Award winning Kirk Van Wormer’s The Rook is awesome. See it here