Disney’s ownership is bearing creative fruit for Marvel.
Variety is reporting that the Disney-owned ABC Studios has sold an adaptation of Marvel’s “Punisher” to Fox.
Fox has given the small-screen project — said to be a 60-minute procedural — a “put-pilot” commitment, the trade paper says.
“The Punisher” reportedly is being exec-produced by Ed Bernero (“Criminal Minds,” ”Third Watch”), who’s a former Chicago police officer.
The “Punisher” comic, of course, centers on Frank Castle (aka Castiglione), a Marine turned NYPD detective who becomes a vigilante crimefighter. The character — who first appeared in 1974’s “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 129 — has been played by such actors as Ray Stevenson, Thomas Jane (left), John Beck and Dolph Lundgren.
Disney is looking for how else to mine its Marvel library. As Mark Ruffalo plays the big-screen Hulk for next year’s “The Avengers,” for instance, ABC Entertainment is eyeing the character for a TV project, too — as well as “Jessica Jones.”