John Ridley Updates on His Secret Marvel ABC Project: ‘I’m Very, Very Excited About It’

TCA 2017: “We want to make sure we’re doing something that’s in a very unique space,” writer-producer says of in-development project

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John Ridley’s long gestating Marvel project for ABC is going to be marinating a little while longer.

The writer offered an update on the project on Tuesday in light of network president Channing Dungey’s recent comments that he is rewriting the secretive project.

According to Ridley, the rewrite is not necessarily about fixing anything that wasn’t working in the first round of development on the script.

“I can’t say anything didn’t work the first time around,” Ridley told reporters following the panel for “American Crime” at the Television Critics’ Association’s press tour in Pasadena, California. “For myself and certainly for the folks at Marvel, there’s been an explosion of storytelling of costumed heroes and comic book things and for us, we want to make sure we’re doing something that’s in a very unique space.”

The project is very much alive despite it’s secretive nature.

“We’re continuing to work on it. I’m very, very excited about it,” Ridley said. “I’m lucky in the sense that it’s not the only thing I’m dependent upon, but I will say the number of questions I’m asked about it tells me there’s still an appetite. I do hope to be able to bring it to people in the near term.”

Of course, Ridley stayed mum on any plot details and declined to comment how his project has been affected by Marvel’s decision to turn “Inhumans” from a movie into a TV series for ABC.

But it’s all about timing.

“For me, it’s always about bringing perspectives that we’re not witnessing,” he hinted. “It’s always about a level of storytelling, patience in storytelling, and also making sure that when we produce it, I can give it my absolute full attention. Because I do have a lot of things going on right now. So timing is everything.”