With decades of experience as a writer, publisher and marketer, you could never pin Stan Lee’s success on plain luck. But the marvel-ous creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and many others knows he’s lucky. And one of the reasons is that his upcoming show Lucky Man is soon headed to TV.
Stan Lee told Radio Times, “Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world … With all the creative projects I have worked on, I sure am a lucky man myself and I am excited to be working with Sky1 and Carnival Films on this latest project.”
Based on his idea and co-written with Neil Biswas (The Take), the 10-episode series is about a policeman whose luck is about to change:
According to Deadline, “Nesbitt’s Harry is down on his luck; his wife (Best) and child have left him due to his gambling habit, his boss thinks he’s in league with the devil, and he has a huge debt to an infamous underworld crime boss who is threatening his life. A chance meeting with a mysterious woman who gives him an ancient bracelet changes everything. It appears to give Harry control over luck itself, but at what cost?”
A person with the superpower of luck? We’ve seen it before in Longshot, a Marvel character who experiences luck when his motives are good. However, Longshot wasn’t created by Stan Lee; he was created by Ann Nocenti. We’ve also seen luck as a plot-twisting trait in Larry Niven’s Ringworld series (thanks to genetics) and The X-Files' “The Goldberg Variation” (thanks to the power of The X-Files).
We have a feeling that Harry will find that luck can run out. But are we lucky enough to see it? The television show will be airing in early 2016—in the UK only.
Fans outside of the UK who want to see Stan Lee's most recent project can beg at the feet of ITV, here.