New Warriors (TV pilot)

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New Warriors
Genre
Created byKevin Biegel
Based on
Written byKevin Biegel
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Chronology
Related showsMarvel Cinematic Universe television series
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Marvel's New Warriors is an unaired American television pilot based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It was intended to be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and acknowledge the continuity of the franchise's films and other television series. The episode was produced by ABC Signature Studios and Marvel Television, and written by Kevin Biegel.

The pilot stars Milana Vayntrub as Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl and Derek Theler as Craig Hollis / Mister Immortal, who make up the New Warriors with Jeremy Tardy, Calum Worthy, Matthew Moy, and Kate Comer. The young group learn to cope with their new abilities in a terrifying world. By August 2016, Marvel Television had developed a series centered on the New Warriors and began offering it to cable networks and streaming outlets. In April 2017, New Warriors received a series order of 10 episodes from Freeform, with Biegel joining as showrunner and writing the first script. The pilot had been produced by November 2017.

New Warriors was planned to premiere in 2018 on Freeform, and had the potential to launch multiple spinoff series based on each of the New Warriors characters. However, by November 2018 the network no longer had room in its schedule to begin airing the series that year, and returned it to Marvel Television so the studio could shop the series to other Disney-owned networks. These efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, and the series was officially considered dead by the end of September 2019.

Premise

Six superpowered young people with abilities very different from the Avengers want to make a positive impact in the world, even if they are not quite ready to be heroes.[1]

Cast and characters

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Guest

Production

Development

By the end of August 2016, Marvel Television and ABC Studios were developing a half-hour comedy series based on the New Warriors featuring Squirrel Girl, with the series being offered to cable networks and streaming outlets.[6] In April 2017, Freeform ordered Marvel's New Warriors straight-to-series for 10 episodes, marking Marvel's first foray into single-camera live-action comedy, and their first half-hour series. Kevin Biegel was nearing a deal to write a script and serve as showrunner for the series, after Marvel had attached him to the project before Freeform's involvement.[7] Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Television, and Jim Chory were set to executive produce the series alongside Biegel.[7][2]

Karey Burke, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development at Freeform, said the network had interest in a Squirrel Girl series before Marvel was moving forward with the project, and before Freeform ordered their other Marvel series, Marvel's Cloak & Dagger. Burke also felt Freeform was the best network for New Warriors, believing that Marvel had "started to see our strength with young adults" following the success of Cloak & Dagger, and both companies wanted to "find the right characters that felt like they would speak directly to Freeform's audience. The Avengers wouldn't work here but the about-to-be-Avengers works here."[7] On whether the network would consider spinoff series for each of the characters on the New Warriors team, in a similar fashion to Marvel's Netflix television series, Burke felt they "absolutely" could given the characters Marvel chose "are all really singular and could each carry the show that they're on. They're bound together ... for as long as we choose with this show but it's conceptually tailor-made for spinoffs."[7] Biegel was confirmed as showrunner in July 2017,[3] and production on the pilot episode had taken place by that November.[8] Demi Adejuyigbe was part of the series' writing team.[9]

Casting

Casting was expected to begin "shortly" after the series was announced in April 2017. Burke noted that actresses Anna Kendrick and Shannon Purser, who had both publicly expressed interest in portraying Squirrel Girl, had been discussed for that role. She added that the network had historically "made a lot of stars", but noted that the character put them in a unique position, saying "The character is such a calling card. I'm interested to see if name actresses feel right for it."[7] Kendrick later admitted that she thought she had given "one of those answers that just goes away" and had no real interest in the role.[10] By July 2017, Purser and Mae Whitman, who had also publicly expressed interest in the role, were among those that had been seriously considered for the part, with the character having been written with Whitman in mind. Discussions of Whitman were cut short due to her commitments to the series Good Girls. In early July, the series cast was announced, with Milana Vayntrub as Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl, and Derek Theler as the series' co-lead Craig Hollis / Mister Immortal. Also announced were Jeremy Tardy as Dwayne Taylor / Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Robbie Baldwin / Speedball, Matthew Moy as Zach Smith / Microbe, and Kate Comer as Deborah Fields / Debrii.[3] In late July 2017, Keith David was cast in the recurring role of Ernest Vigman for the series.[5] In June 2020, Biegel revealed he had a "seasons-long plan" for David to become the character M.O.D.O.K.[11]

Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-ins

Discussing the potential for New Warriors to connect to Cloak & Dagger in April 2017, Burke said that the two properties were "not particularly connected" given "their tones are so wildly different", adding, "There are many degrees of separation with where they fall in the Marvel universe. But anything is possible with Marvel."[7] That July, Loeb said there were no plans to crossover the two series, nor to crossover them across networks with the similarly youth-oriented Marvel's Runaways on Hulu. He added that Marvel wanted New Warriors to find its footing before further connecting with other elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying "You'll see things that comment on each other; we try to touch base wherever we can... It's being aware of it and trying to find a way for it to be able to discuss in a way that makes sense."[12]

Cancellation

In November 2017, New Warriors was no longer set to air on Freeform. The completed pilot was said to have "tested through the roof", with high-level executives at Disney taking interest in the project. Marvel wanted the series to air in 2018, but Freeform found that it did not have room in its schedule for the series, and agreed to give the project back to Marvel; the studio would shop the series to new partners who could release the series in 2018, potentially only looking at companies that are Disney-owned, and hoping to secure a two-season pick-up from the new network. The series was still considered to be likely to produce multiple spinoffs in a similar model to Marvel's Netflix shows. Production on the remainder of New Warriors was scheduled to resume in January 2018, pending the series being picked up by a new network.[8]

Loeb stated in June 2018 that Marvel Television was still looking for a network to air the series.[13] The studio discussed moving the series to Disney's streaming services Disney+ and Hulu, but neither broadcaster was interested in picking-up the series.[14] By the end of September 2019, New Warriors was officially considered to be dead.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Storm, Marc (April 5, 2017). "'Marvel's New Warriors' Headed to Freeform With Straight to Series Order". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Truitt, Brian (April 19, 2017). "Exclusive sneak peek: Squirrel Girl leads the team of Freeform's 'New Warriors'". USA Today. Archived from the original on April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Goldberg, Lesley (July 10, 2017). "Marvel's 'New Warriors' Sets Its Cast — Including Squirrel Girl (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Morse, Ben (April 19, 2017). "Freeform Announces Characters For 'Marvel's New Warriors'". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on April 20, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (July 26, 2017). "Marvel's 'New Warriors' Sets 'Enlisted' Reunion (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 30, 2016). "Squirrel Girl on TV? Marvel Developing New Warriors Comedy Series". TVLine. Archived from the original on August 31, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Goldberg, Lesley (April 5, 2017). "Marvel's 'New Warriors,' With Squirrel Girl, Ordered Straight-to-Series at Freeform (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (November 1, 2017). "Marvel's 'New Warriors' Won't Air on Freeform, Series Will Be Shopped Elsewhere (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 1, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  9. ^ Biegel, Kevin [@kbiegel] (November 12, 2018). "This is really excellent. Demi is so great and this is honest, thoughtful, funny, and lovely. He's also a writer on #newwarriors so it makes me feel like an even smarter person for hiring him. Please watch and irony is poison" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 19, 2020. Retrieved May 19, 2020 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Wired (September 10, 2018). Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions. YouTube. Event occurs at 0:29-0:55. Retrieved September 12, 2018 – via Latino Review Media Online (Archived on September 11, 2018).
  11. ^ Hood, Cooper (June 17, 2020). "Canceled New Warriors Show Would Have Been M.O.D.O.K. Live-Action Debut". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on June 17, 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 27, 2017). "Hulu's 'Runaways' "Lives in the Same World" as Other Marvel Fare". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 28, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Mitovich, Matthew Webb (June 7, 2018). "Marvel TV Boss on Defenders' Future, Thanos' Snap and [Spoiler] Suiting Up". TVLine. Archived from the original on June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Polito, Thomas (September 15, 2019). "Exclusive: Marvel's 'New Warriors is Dead; Superhero Show Fails to Find a New Home". The GWW. Archived from the original on September 16, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 25, 2019). "'Ghost Rider' Drama From Marvel TV Dead at Hulu". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 25, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.

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