It’s been more than a decade since the Tick kept the mean streets clean of ridiculous supervillains, but it sounds like the bumbling hero might finally get a second lease on life.
The original live-action series The Tick, based on the animated series of the same name, ran for one extremely brief season back in 2001 on Fox. But in just nine episodes, Ben Edlund’s insane action comedy became a cult hit that is still finding new fans to this day thanks to streaming services and Internet word of mouth.
Now People.com is reporting that Amazon Studios has already signed original star Patrick Warburton to return for a revitalized version of the series on its streaming Amazon Prime service. According to the report, Edlund will also be coming back to write the new run. Though we don't know a ton of details, Edlund confirmed that talks are ongoing via Twitter.
Yes for now suffice it to say the dream of a new live-action Tick is being pursued with vigor #bringbackTheTick— ben_edlund (@ben_edlund) August 31, 2014
If Amazon is looking to take a swing at revitalizing its own cult hit a la Arrested Development and Netflix, there are much worse places to start than The Tick. Despite its short run, the franchise has a lot of name cachet, largely thanks to the irreverent animated series on which it's based. Plus, the show was awesome, and we’d love to see what Edlund could do with another chance.
Also of note: The original series featured a pre-Lost Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel, Liz Vassey (All My Children) as Captain Liberty and David Burke (Brothers & Sisters) as Arthur. No word on whether the other stars might return, but none of them are too terribly busy these days, so why not?
Are you glad to hear The Tick might get a second chance?