Recent years have seen an immense rise in popularity of superhero and comic book properties thanks to 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, Warner Bros’ burgeoning DC Comics Extended Universe, and Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the Hollywood trend has also extended to television, with each major broadcast network – not to mention a number of cable and streaming services – having tried their hand at shows revolving around superheroes. As the genre evolves, movies and TV series are utilizing a variety of tones and pulling from more publishing houses than DC and Marvel.
Still, one of the biggest live-action comic book properties in Hollywood at the moment is the MCU – particularly their series following Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers, which will continue in 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s first entry in the MCU was Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, and they’ve since helmed The Winter Soldier, Civil War, and Infinity War. But the directing team got their start in television and it seems their next project after the Avengers threequel will be a different kind of superhero series.
The Wrap is reporting the Russo brothers are executive producing a television series based on Valiant Comics’ Quantum and Woody alongside Mike Larocca, president of their production company Getaway Productions, and Valiant Entertainment’s Dinesh Shamdasani. Screenwriting duo Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari – who penned Marvel’s forthcoming Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp – will script the pilot and serve as executive producers as well.
The Quantum and Woody comic book series follows two adoptive brothers – Eric and Woody Henderson – who grow up together as best friends, but are estranged “petty rivals and washed-up failures” as adults. When their father is murdered, they reunite to investigate, but an accident with an experimental energy machine winds up giving the duo powers. Their newfound abilities give them the opportunity to further investigate their father’s death – as well as generate energy blasts and shields – but additionally requires they stay with each other as they become the superhero team known as Quantum and Woody.
Certainly, the Valiant comic provides a compelling basis for a superhero TV series – essentially adapting the buddy cop dynamic of long-standing procedurals while throwing in plenty of action and familial drama. In fact, writer Christopher Priest and illustrator Mark Bright were tapped to create something in response to Marvel’s Power Man and Iron Fist, and they ended up using 1992 sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump as inspiration for the dynamic of Quantum and Woody.
In terms of the Russos’ involvement, Quantum and Woody could allow the filmmakers to utilize all their skills from their time working with Marvel Studios as well as their previous TV credits, which include cult comedies Community and Happy Endings. Still, the Valiant comic adaptation is still in the very early stages of development. With the Russos hard at work on Infinity War – not to mention they’re set to direct the Untitled Avengers installment – it remains to be seen if and when the Quantum and Woody series will debut.
We’ll keep you updated on Quantum and Woody as more information becomes available.
Source: The Wrap