Another step towards this becoming a reality.
Filming is set to begin in the Summer 2014 and will create at least three thousand jobs in New York State including up to 400 full time jobs.
The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and of course, Luke Cage.
You’ll recall that, it was last November, when Disney and Netflix announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters, exclusively to the leading Internet TV Network, beginning in 2015.
This agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs totaling 52 one-hour episodes, culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series programming event.
Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking viewers deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York.
Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen-episode series and a mini-series event, in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as “The Defenders,” much like “The Avengers.”
So, it looks like that Luke Cage movie we’ve been talking about for years now, will instead be a TV series, that Netflix will carry exclusively. Although a movie isn’t necessarily dead, especially if the series is hugely successful.
Now the obvious question is, with 2015 not that far away, when these series are to debut, and casting likely already underway, or soon to be, who would you cast as Luke Cage?