If all of these pilots make it to series, will the comics omniverse be able to handle DC and Marvel TV shows running on Fox at the same time? Deadline has just reported that Fox is now developing a pilot based on THE PUNISHER with Ed Bernero of CRIMINAL MINDS supervising it. You maniacs might recall that a SPECTRE show's also being developed on Fox and, last season, ABC started putting together HULK and A.K.A. JESSICA JONES (re-titled from ALIAS to presumably avoid confusion with that Jennifer Garner show.) The logline for this series recasts Big Frank as a “rising star” NYPD detective by day and a homicidal vigilante at night.
Interestingly, Marvel Studios announced a few months back that they'd reacquired the PUNISHER film rights from Lionsgate and were looking in to developing Mr. Castle for another, more faithful, go at the big screen. Seems like plans have changed a little since then.
For as high a regard as I hold the MAX series, I can understand how a grizzled 60-year-old Vietnam veteran who kills criminal round-the-clock would be an incredibly hard sell for TV without considerable softening. Still, given how inherently hardcore the Punisher needs to be, I wonder if such a show would be better suited to Fox’s cable affiliate FX. If THE SHIELD has left any precedents, it could get away with a whole lot of violence.