Edlund on Tick reboot: 'Arthur has a hero's quest, and the Tick is his hero life coach'

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:15 AM EDT (Updated)

It’s been a long time coming, but The Tick will be back in action next month on Amazon Prime. Spoons sold separately, we assume.

Series creator Ben Edlund and producer David Fury talked with Entertainment Weekly about the new-look Tick series, starring Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick and Griffin Newman as Arthur. Edlund said they’ve mapped out enough story and characters to fill five seasons of the superhero comedy, which takes a more serious (but still plenty funny) run at superhero tropes when compared to the original 2001 attempt to bring the big blue bug of justice to live action.

Here are some choice excerpts from their comments:

Edlund: “I wanted to make a show about the phenomenon of superheroes. Arthur has a hero’s quest, and the Tick is his hero life coach.”

Fury: “This Tick is a little crazier than the other Ticks we’ve seen. We realized early on that we couldn’t just do a straight comedy the way the old series was. We needed to ground it in real stakes. People get hurt. There’s blood on this show.”

The pilot episode made it clear this new Tick is a more serious spin on the story, crystalized by the addition of Jackie Earle Haley as (well, terrifying) Big Bad The Terror. The Tick premieres August 25 on Amazon, at which point we can finally see if it’s really been worth the wait.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)