Additional information is coming to light about Marvel's ambitious Inhumans TV project.
It was announced just last week that Marvel Television would be producing a TV series based around the Inhumans in 2017, with the first two episodes slated to premiere in IMAX theaters before settling into the show's small-screen berth on ABC. Whether that bold, unprecedented move pays off for Marvel is something we won't know for a while, but in the meantime we're getting more intel on just what kind of undertaking this series will be.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Inhumans will consist initially of eight episodes, but only the first two will be filmed entirely with IMAX cameras (IMAX is footing the bill for these two segments, which would otherwise be cost-prohibitive for the network). Additional content will also be shot for the first two episodes' premiere on TV, which seems to indicate that, in their theatrical form, they might not each be long enough to fill an hour of TV (which is kind of weird when you think about it -- if a one-hour TV show runs around 43 minutes without ads and credits, combining two would make for an 86-minute film. Does that mean the IMAX version won't quite make it to even that feature length?)
So, even if you do see the IMAX presentation, you'll have to watch the first two episodes again on TV to catch stuff you didn't see in the theater. As for the rest of the series, IMAX cameras will be used for certain sequences -- including some that apparently take place on the moon. Since the Inhumans' home city of Attilan was actually located on the moon at one point in the comics, it's possible that's the version of their citadel we might be seeing in this program. It also reinforces that this will be about the Inhumans royal family and not the watered-down mutants who have been running around on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
We don't know if Inhumans will go longer than eight episodes, but the strangest thing of all is that this series, even with its (limited) theatrical premiere, is apparently not replacing the long-proposed and currently back-burnered Inhumans movie, which is said to still be happening even though it was yanked from a 2019 release date and has not been rescheduled yet.
Inhumans will premiere on IMAX screens late next summer before moving to TV. Do you think this will work? Would you still like to see a conventional Inhumans movie get to the screen as well?