Marvel is continuing to expand its TV slate, bringing on Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) to develop a new TV series for ABC. Entertainment Weekly reports that the writer's deal involves, "reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC," but it wasn't revealed which character will be the focus of this show. The news comes just one week after we reported that ABC and Marvel are developing a spinoff series for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., even though that program hasn't been officially renewed, although it seems likely.
If the project gets a series order, it will be the third Marvel show to air on ABC, following Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and this year's Marvel's Agent Carter, which hasn't been renewed for a second season yet either. It's possible that either the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff or this new untitled series could serve as a midseason placeholder for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., much like how Marvel's Agent Carter aired its eight-episode run while Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was on hiatus. Along with its ABC shows, Marvel recently debuted Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix, with Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage, Marvel's Iron Fist and The Defenders miniseries set to follow.
John Ridley won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave. While best known for his work on the big screen, including Jimi: All Is by My Side, Red Tails, Undercover Brother and the upcoming Ben-Hur remake, John Ridley also created the new ABC TV series American Crime, which debuted last month. He has also written for and produced The Wanda Sykes Show, Barbershop and Third Watch.