– by Nick Doll

No, my fellow Americans, Shane Black hasn’t written a TV reboot for Marvel’s The Avengers. In this case, when we say The Avengers, we are referring to the espionage British television series that started in 1961 and ran for six seasons — or “series” — spawning novels, comics, stage plays, and radio series over the years, as well as a critically reviled film in 1998.

The series followed secret agent John Steed and his various partners, the one most associated with the show, and featured in the 1998 film, being Emma Peel.

And that 1998 remake you don’t remember? It starred Ralph Fiennes as Steed, Uma Turman as Emma Peel, and Sean Connery as the villain. I’d kinda’ like to see that… But I probably shouldn’t.

Of course, for readers in the UK, you know your Avengers, and Marvel was careful to not create confusion between their excellent 2012 film and the crappy 1998 Avengers film, retitling the film Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK. Even in the US, the first Avengers film is officially titled Marvel’s The Avengers, due to the existence and lasting legacy of the 1960s TV program.

Fred Dekker, an occasional writing partner of Shane Black’s — the two having written 1987’s Monster Squad and this year’s The Predator together — told The Dark Side Magazine that he and Black have already written a script for a TV reboot of the 1960s spy series:

“It’s The Avengers, with John Steed and Emma Peel. We’re setting it in Britain in the 60’s, and our approach is The Ipcress File meets Doctor Who. At this moment, it’s my favorite thing we’re working on.”

Dekker is a filmmaker in his own right, separate from Black he directed Night of the Creeps and Robocop 3, as well as The Monster Squad based on the script by him and Black.

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Shane Black is obviously no stranger to “buddy films,” and The Avengers could absolutely be his Man from U.N.C.L.E. (but hopefully more successful). Similar to U.N.C.L.E.‘s director Guy Ritchie, Black is known for his style, extremely clever dialogue, and characters with perfect chemistry. After all, Black birthed the buddy cop genre with the script for Lethal Weapon, and went on to write and direct Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys. Oh, he also worked with a Marvel Avenger in Iron Man 3.

Do you think Shane Black is a good fit for an Avengers reboot TV series? If you were a fan of the original series, do you want to see another version after 1998’s disaster? Do you think they need to change the name for US audiences? Let us know the answers to all these questions in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: The Dark Side Magazine

  • Rad4Cap

    “Black birthed the buddy cop genre”

    Wow. Just WOW.

    The buddy cop genre was NOT born in 1987


    • Nick

      But it was perfected. No better buddy cop film than Lethal Weapon. Most buddy cop movies today owe a lot to that film. Lethal Weapon is really when the genre hit its most mainstream.

      “Black birthed the Buddy Cop genre as we know it today” then.

      • Rad4Cap

        In the Heat of the Night
        48 Hours

        Starsky & Hutch
        Miami Vice

        That’s just right off the top of my head. All mainstream FAR before Black wrote LW. The genre has been around – and popular – for a LONG time.

        I think it’s certainly fair to say that ‘Black created the QUINTESSENTIAL Buddy Cop movie’. But one can NOT say he gave birth to the genre in any respect.

        • Nick

          I think “as we know it today” Or “modern Buddy Cop genre” work. I think Lethal Weapon would be a ring on that tree’s trunk, not a branch. Not at the center of the tree, but a think ring indeed when the tree was given new life in a very pleasant season. Did I take the metaphor too far?

          I was careful to say “Cop” and not just “Buddy” genre. I adore Sherlock, but he’s not a cop. 48 hours? One is a cop the other is not. Starsky and Hutch and Maimi Vice apply, but they are a very different type of buddy cop story than Lethal Weapon. Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, Hot Fuzz… those are buddy cop films to a T.

          But I understand your point, and don’t disagree that he didn’t birth it. I will be more careful with generalizations in the future!

          • Rad4Cap

            “tree was given new life”

            I still have to disagree. And I think our divergence comes in the definition of a “buddy cop story”. You begin by narrowing it literally to “cops”. But if you do a google search, you’ll find the genre encompasses more than just “cops”. The term is a generalization for ‘detectives’ or ‘investigators’ etc. The genre is not limited to employees of the State.

            But, putting that quibble about profession aside, when you claim some films/tv shows ARE a “buddy cop story” but NOT a “buddy cop story”, then it would appear your definition is something apart from a “buddy cop story”. In other words, it would appear you’re making a “No TRUE Scotsman’ argument.

            Now, like you, I *suspect* I MAY understand your point (though – if my understanding is correct – I’d still say that relegates it to ‘branch’ status). But perhaps there is something productive which could come out of the debate. You say Lethal Weapon “perfected” the “buddy cop film”. It sounds like you are saying it refined it – keeping all the wheat and cutting all the chaff. In fact, it almost sounds like you’re saying it refined a sub-genre – distinct from other types of “buddy cop” stories like Starsky and Hutch/Miami Vice/In the Heat of the Night etc.

            It might make for an interesting article here to identify HOW you consider Lethal Weapon changed or perfected the genre (or sub-genre) – ie how it is different from the OTHER popular “buddy cop stories” which came before. 🙂

        • randomironicname

          So many flourishes.

    • TheOct8pus

      If anything, the buddy cop genre birthed Shane Black’s writing career

      • Rad4Cap

        THAT is a fair statement.

  • Awesome Welles

    I just hope they give Emma Peel the black leather catsuit and not that bloody awful tracksuit.

    • Nay sayer!

      She’d be lucky to even get the tracksuit. Anything remotely sexy will get shot down in sjw fury

  • Suprememayo

    Christmas 1960