Cult superhero live-action comedy series The Tick is making a comeback thanks to Amazon. The company has ordered a pilot for a new take on Ben Edlund’s comic book with an all new cast in place.
First brought to life on the small screen in 1994 as an animated series, the Tick found further cult status in 2001 with a live-action series starring Patrick Warburton (Family Guy, Rules of Engagement) as the titular character. Edlund was involved in both shows as writer and executive producer and, according to reports, will be returning with fellow original exec producer Barry Josephson.
Deadline is reporting that Griffin Newman (Vinyl) is set to play Arthur Everest, and Valorie Curry (House of Lies, The Following) has been cast as his sister Dot Everest in the pilot. Transcendence helmer Wally Pfister is in negotiations to direct. Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind the 2001 series, is producing.
While it is not known yet who will play man himself, The Tick, it has been confirmed that Warburton will not be returning to the role due to commitments on his new show, Crowded.
This new series will feature The Tick suffering from memory loss, and he ends up re-teaming with Arthur Newman to fight crime in the city. Arthur Newman was deemed a schizophrenic, after he made wild statements about plans to rule the city, although no one believed him until he met The Tick. Dot is described as a nurse who “loves her brother to death but worries about him.” This new report states that The Tick and Curry will be surrounded by a new group of oddball heroes.
Ben Edlund most recently served as a producer and writer on Fox’s Gotham, and he has also worked on Supernatural and Revolution in recent years.