As the Marvel cinematic universe continues to prove incredibly popular on the big screen and the Marvel comic books begin to grow in popularity once again, all eyes have turned to the small screen to see the now Disney owned companies next move. Whilst we've already had the likes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, we haven't yet heard much from the former chairman of Marvel, Stan Lee. He was massively influential in turning Marvel into the comic book giant it became, as well as creating some of the worlds most famous superhero characters like Spiderman. Now, it would appear, he's turned his sights towards TV writing with a new series just commissioned by Sky1 called 'Lucky Man', which will be the first UK television drama from the comic book legend.
Commissioned by Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald, Sky's Head of Drama Anne Mensah and Commissioning Editor Cameron Roach, the series will take the form of 10 60 minute episodes, and will be produced by Carnival Films, who also produced Downton Abbey. It's based on an original idea by Stan Lee and will be made in collaboration with Lee's media company POW! Entertainment, and should debut on Sky1 in 2016. Starring in the drama are James Nesbitt (The Hobbit Trilogy, The Missing), Eve Best (Nurse Jackie, The Honourable Woman), Sienna Guillory (Fortitude, Luther, Love Actually), Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited, Kidnap and Ransom), Darren Boyd (Spy, Fortitude, Case Sensitive), Omid Djalili (Moonfleet, Pirates of the Caribbean), Jing Lusi (Holby City) and Kenneth Tsang (Die Another Day).
Lucky Man is the story of DI Harry Clayton, portrayed by James Nesbitt, a cop from Central London's notorious Muder Squad, who is given a charm which appears to give the wearer the ability to control luck itself. Which is lucky, given how out of luck Harry seems to be at that moment. His wife (Eve Best) and kid have left him due to his gambling addiction, his boss seems to believe he's a satanist and he owes a huge debt to an infamous underworld crime boss who's edging ever closer to ending Harry's life. Everything changes once Happy meets a mysterious woman who gives him an ancient bracelet which gives him power over luck, but at what cost? What is luck anyway, and is one man’s luck always another’s misfortune?
This latest commision is part of Sky's continued efforts to become the home of original, high quality TV. It's a tactic which have done very well for the likes of HBO and Netflix, and it's something that Sky themselves have been actively working to get themselves into, much to the pleasure of customers on the Sky broadband helpline number. We've already seen the release of Critical and Fortitude, and soon we'll also have The Five, Birthday, The Last Panthers, Enfield Haunting and Apocalypse Slough.
On the new Stan Lee drama, Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 commented: “Lucky Man is a visually striking crime thriller from the legend that is Stan Lee for Sky 1. The show is mysterious, thrilling, energetic and sure to appeal to our customers. I’m honoured that Sky 1 is working with Stan Lee on his first UK TV drama and I can’t wait for our customers to experience the gifts and misfortunes that luck can bring”.
Stan Lee, Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment commented: “Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world. With all the creative projects I have worked on, I sure am a lucky man myself and I am excited to be working with Sky 1 and Carnival Films on this latest project”.
Richard Fell, Executive Producer said: “Lucky Man is a different kind of superhero show – Stan has come up with an absolutely brilliant idea; something that we can all relate to. What if you could control luck? Would that be the greatest thing you could give someone, or their worst nightmare? It’s a twist which brings the whole superhero genre right back down to earth, which we hope will appeal to the Sky 1 audience.”
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