When last we heard, Marvel’s The New Warriors TV adaptation (featuring Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl) would be airing on Disney’s Freeform network — a network aimed at the demographic they call “becomers” (basically 18-25 year-olds). Sources are now telling THR that that’s no longer the case, and that it’s currently being shopped around to other networks.
There is some talk that the 10-episode series could ultimately premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service (which is set to hit in 2019), but it’s being stressed that such a possibility is a long shot, especially since they hope to launch the series in 2018.
So what’s the reason behind this move? Well, it has nothing to do with the show’s quality. Apparently the pilot for the series has “tested through the roof,” even catching the eyes of high-level Disney execs. The real reason is that the expanding Freeform simply could not find a slot for the show, as originally intended, as its been developing its own slate of original content. When Marvel realized this, they asked for the series back, as they intended to premiere it next year.
One other wrench in the machine is that Marvel is apparently not allowed to sell to outside companies, which limits things quite a bit — though there was no embellishment as to when this rule was put into place, why, and what it ultimately means.
Production is expected to resume for the show in January if it’s able to find a new home. What network do you think would be a good fit for The New Warriors? Let us know down below!
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