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Saturday, May 18, 2024 

A planned Marvel TV show based on a Dan Slott creation was cancelled

The Hollywood Reporter says a TV series based on Silk, one of the far-left writer Dan Slott's writings based on Spider-Man, has been cancelled before it even began:
Amazon’s Marvel drama Silk: Spider Society — from producers Sony Pictures Television — is no longer moving forward at the streamer. Sources say Sony TV, which owns rights to a fraction of the Marvel universe that features more than 900 characters, plans to shop the drama series from former Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang. Kang, who departed her pact with AMC for what sources say is an eight-figure deal with Amazon, remains housed at the streamer and will continue to develop projects for the company.

Reps for Amazon and Sony declined to comment.

The decision to scrap Silk comes a mere two days after Amazon, during its first in-person pitch to Madison Avenue ad buyers, announced a Sony-produced Marvel series Noir, starring Nicolas Cage.

Noir, like Silk, is poised to launch first on Amazon’s linear network, MGM+, before debuting on the streamer. Both shows are exec produced by Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Amy Pascal (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and conceived as part of a larger suite of live-action shows based on the Sony Pictures universe of Marvel characters. [...]

Silk was based on characters created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. The series was inspired by the Marvel comics and follows Cindy Moon, a Korean-American woman bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker, as she escapes imprisonment and searches for her missing family on her way to becoming the superhero known as Silk. The show was to be one of the first to feature a Korean-American superhero at its center.
Honestly, it'd be better if they dropped Noir as well, because this is becoming laughable already. And what's this, the star character Silk was stung by the same individual arachnid that stung Peter? Gee, they sure didn't do much to make the premise stand on its own, any more than J. Michael Straczynski did to respect Spidey's origins. It looks like quite a few Marvel TV projects are being dropped, and if these are the kind of "wellsprings" they're drawing from, so be it. Besides, spotlighting a character based on racial background alone does not a talented product make, and it's unlikely we'll ever see a project emphasizing a native of Korea itself, let alone a Bulgarian-American. It's also unlikely we'll even see much focus on native cultures, if at all. That's the problem with most of these modern diversity-pandering projects; they're so superficial in their emphasis, and likely don't even have the characters using foreign figures of speech. It's best to retire all these comics-based productions already.

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