Great news, true believers! Marvel and Netflix are officially moving forward on The Punisher TV series. No premiere date is set yet. But Jon Bernthal is confirmed to reprise his role as Frank Castle. Hannibal's Steve Lightfoot is confirmed as the showrunner. No further casting has been announced at this time, with shooting suspected to take place in New York before the end of the year.
Here is the official PR from Marvel.com: This good deed goes unpunished! Netflix has ordered a full first season of Marvel's The Punisher, continuing their unprecedented collaboration with Marvel Television. Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle, introduced to fans earlier this year in the second season of the Netflix original series, Daredevil, with Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) serving as Executive Producer and Showrunner in addition to writing the series' first two episodes. Said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb.
"We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon's stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from 'Marvel's Daredevil. Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot's compelling writing, we're thrilled to bring 'Marvel's The Punisher' to Netflix."
Said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
"Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in Marvel's Daredevil, and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot."
Said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot.
"For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn't be more excited to dive into his world. After watching Jon's performance in Marvel's Daredevil I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own."
The Punisher marks the sixth series ordered thus far as part of the groundbreaking collaboration between Marvel Television and Netflix including the upcoming Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and the Peabody Award-winning Jessica Jones. The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. For more information on Marvel's The Punisher and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned.