With a Cloak and Dagger series already in the works, Freeform is lining up its next Marvel project. The best part? This one stars Squirrel Girl.
Freeform placed a straight-to-series order for New Warriors, with a total of 10 episodes on the way. They’ll run 30 minutes in length, making the show Marvel’s first half-hour comedy. The studio is lining up Kevin Biegel (Scrubs, Cougar Town, Enlisted) to potentially write the script and run the show. The tone is described as a “balls-out comedy.” Much like the comic, the series will focus on a team of young, B-list heroes trying to make the world a better place. Aside from Squirrel Girl, we don’t know much else about the roster. But, seriously — we’re about to have a live-action Squirrel Girl series on TV. That is mind-boggling.
Here’s what Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development at Freeform, told The Hollywood Reporter about the project:
“The more we got to know Marvel and the more comfortable they got with us as the home for their young adult IP, these conversations became easier. They started to see our strength with young adults and together we could create a pipeline for content that was specific to our audience that felt younger than what they're doing at the other channels. I wanted to be in business with Marvel when I first got here but I didn't want to chase them just to chase them. It was important to both of us to find the right characters that felt like they would speak directly to Freeform's audience. The Avengers wouldn't work here but the about-to-be-Avengers works here.”
So, the obvious question for Marvel nerds: How might these shows connect to the wider MCU? Well, we still don’t really know. Burke hedged that the dramatic world of Cloak and Dagger, and the comedic tone of New Warriors, don’t exactly mesh all that easily — but noted “anything is possible” when it comes to Marvel shows. So … probably like the comics themselves, maybe? Same-ish universe, but not really all that much crossover. It’s worked well enough for the Netflix series, the movies, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — so we wouldn’t look for Marvel to shake things up too much here.
The network is still hashing out schedules, but with Cloak and Dagger not expected to premiere until the fall of 2018, it stands to reason we could see both shows hit in the same season.
So, who do you want to see star as Squirrel Girl in this one? Who’s your fan-cast choice?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)