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.
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