http://movieweb.com/tick-tv-show-reboot-amazon/Earlier this month, The Tick creator Ben Edlund confirmed that a reboot is in the works, which will likely debut on Amazon. No one involved with the project can say too much about it at the moment. But Patrick Warburton did chat with us about the possible return of everyone's favorite big blue superhero, whose live-action series ran just 9 episodes before being cancelled by Fox in 2002.
Unable to provide any substantial plot details, Patrick Warburton tells us that the show will be darker and edgier than the original. Creator Ben Edlund has a new take on the show, which will utilize some of the VFX and CGI that wasn't available 12 years ago.
Patrick Warburton is currently celebrating the return of his 1999 cult classic Hollywood noir The Woman Chaser as it premieres on Netflix September 20th. We took the opportunity to ask if any other original cast members will be back for the new Tick. He plays coy at first, but then begins to open up a little bit about the show. He never confirms it is actually happening, but hints fairly strongly that we'll be seeing The Tick back on screens soon enough...
"I'm really not at liberty to discuss anything in regards to The Tick right now. I will say, isn't it ironic that Captain Liberty's friend isn't at liberty? Are there discussions? I would say things look very interesting and positive. I love The Tick. I'd love to do it again. I never would have thought I'd have the opportunity to do this again. I think it would be a blast to do it again. We'll see what happens. One thing about The Tick, he is an insane character. I guess he doesn't have to be 29 years-old like Thor, I guess. He'll be 50 battling evil. I'd love to see what Ben Edlund's new vision for it is. I think it will be different. Perhaps a little darker and a little edgier. We'll see what happens."
"I'd love to do it. It was the most fun I ever had. Except wearing the suit. When you put on a suit, and you need two tubes of K-Y Jelly to assist in putting on the suit, and then you basically spend the next 12 hours in a soup of sweat and K-Y jelly, its a side of it...That's not the most fun. There have been characters throughout the years, from Star Trek to The Walking Dead, and its not fun wearing that thing."
Patrick Warburton claims that the original suit is hidden somewhere far away.
"That suit is in a crate, in one of the largest warehouses in Washington D.C. Its placed right next to the Ark of the Covenant. I'm not sure why it got such a special locker situation. I guess the Government sees it that way."
The suit will actually be getting an upgrade in the new version of the show, which may or may not sit well with original fans excited by the Tick's return.
"There were probably five different Tick costumes for the original series. I would assume there would be a new design. Let's say hypothetically that The Tick, we're going to attack it again. It would be all-new. It would be a new conception. There are so many advantages to the creatives today, that there weren't 12 years ago. As far as doing things, and creating a whole new world for The Tick. It would have been too costly and hard to do 12 years ago.
Is the actor surprised by the amount of interest for The Tick, a show that lasted only 9 episodes? Not really.
"I remember a couple of years ago, Entertainment Weekly still referred to The Tick as one of the top five prematurely canceled shows of all-time. And there was a page a couple months ago that said, "TV shows we want more of." And The Tick was mentioned as one of those. I would hazard to say that it was one of the only shows mentioned out of all 25 shows that had only eight or nine episodes. But it's great. We live now, the way the world of entertainment has evolved, there are all these different channels and avenues to find things. You can't hide, bury or kill something like Fox did 12 years ago. If its good and its entertaining, people will see it. I would never argue that The Tick we created was perfect by any means. You have to find a show like that. I think it is a testament to Ben Edlund, and Barry Sonnenfeld and Larry Charles. Everyone who was involved back then, in trying to find the show in only 8 or 9 episodes. Or the limited means that we wouldn't have to deal with today, to make something that was lasting or enjoyable. Once again, it was not perfect. But apparently it did have a modicum of charm and charisma for it to be where it is today. I don't know what is happening, but I would love to have something where we are really given a shot to make the show that we want to make. I think Ben's newest vision and truest vision for the show is a darker edgier spin."
Lastly, Patrick Warburton remembered the plush Tick doll that had his very own plastic face on it.
"If you pushed its belly button it would say things like 'Icky to infinity.' "Good Gravy!' I sleep with mine every night. It's like sleeping with a mini-me...No, he's up in the closet next to that creepy ventriloquist doll from that movie. It's funny, but I do have one. And it is odd because it does have my face on it. I have Brock Samson dolls. Joe Swanson...Other characters, all kinds of neat things. But that plushy doll that talks is definitely a little...Its fun and its creepy. My nightmare is that I would push its belly button one time, and it wouldn't say, "Good Gravy!" or, "I am the Tick!" Or one of the other key phrases that are programmed into it. I would push the belly and it would look at me, and it would say something really...You know, like, "What are we doing here today, Patrick? Don't you have something better to do? Why did you drop me on the floor? Why are you starring at me like that?" And then I would lose my mind. Its like an episode of The Twilight Zone. That could be fun. We've just discovered my next College Humor video. Me talking to my Tick doll."