The long-gestating revival of “The Tick” has been ordered to pilot at Amazon, TheWrap has learned.
Ben Edlund, who created the original comic book character, will serve as writer and executive producer on the pilot, with Barry Josephson also producing. Both Edlund and Josephson worked on the ill-fated live action “Tick” series in 2001 for Fox. Wally Pfister is in talks to direct. Sony Pictures Television will produce.
Griffin Newman has been cast to play The Tick’s sidekick Arthur, with Valorie Curry playing his sister Dot. No word yet if Patrick Warburton will reprise the title role he played in the live-action series, but the actor is currently starring on the NBC comedy “Crowded,” which premieres March 20.
“The Tick” was originally created by Edlund in the 1980’s. The empty-headed, muscle-bound crime fighter proved so popular that Fox gave him his own animated series in 1994. This was followed by Warburton’s live-action series, which lasted for just nine episodes but went on to achieve a cult following.
There has been talk for years about reviving the live-action series. In 2014, Warburton was attached to star in a pilot for the series, also at Amazon, but the project never materialized.
Edlund has served as a co-executive producer on Fox’s “Gotham” and as a consulting producer for the CW series “Supernatural.”
Edlund is represented by The Gersh Agency, Circle of Confusion, and Jonathan E. Shikora of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.