CBTVB: Marvel Names Showrunner on Freeform’s New Warriors Series
By Muuka Muyumba
Marvel TV productions continues to pump out the content in development and announced this morning, in an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, that Scrubs and Cougar Town veteran Kevin Biegel is near a deal to pen the script and serve as showrunner on New Warriors, a series centered on the popular Marvel teen hero Squirrel Girl. Beigel had previously been attached to another Marvel TV property, Damage Control, but that project may be dead-on-arrival after the introduction of the group in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
THR reports that the series “…revolves around six young people with powers living and working together. With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world…even if the world isn’t ready. With Freeform focused on a group dubbed “becomers” — those experiencing a series of firsts in life, including first loves and first jobs — New Warriors explores the journey into adulthood, except in this world, they’re not quite super and not yet heroes and the guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.”
New Warriors would join another Marvel series Cloak and Dagger as a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Disney’s Freeform. Disney is working hard to cultivate some ‘young adult’ material on TV with these two shows and a Runaways series for Hulu. Cloak and Dagger stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph with and will reportedly start production later this year. Joe Pokaski (Underground) serving as showrunner and Gina Prince-Bythewood (Shots Fired, Love & Basketball) set to direct the first episode.
Currently, Cloak and Dagger is slated to hit the network in the winter of 2018, and indications are that New Warriors will air about the same time. Exec vp programming and development at Freeform Karey Burke answered the age-old question about the connectivity of the Marvel series on her channel:
“If you know these two properties, they’re not particularly connected. There are many degrees of separation with where they fall in the Marvel universe. But anything is possible with Marvel. Their tones are so wildly different. Cloak is this angst-filled achingly beautiful heartfelt romantic drama. And Squirrel Girl is a balls-out comedy.”