The Tick is getting another run at television.
Amazon has ordered a pilot for a new stab at The Tick, the comic book character – which essentially serves as a spoof of comic book heroes – created by Ben Edlund in 1986. Amazon has hired Edlund to write and executive produce the pilot, which won’t have any of the cast members seen in Fox’s short-lived live-action series from 2001.
Griffin Newman, who can be seen in HBO’s Vinyl, has been cast as Arthur, The Tick’s moth suit-wearing sidekick. Valorie Curry, known for her roles in The Following and House of Lies, will be playing Dot Everest, Arthur’s sister. Casting is still underway for The Tick.
Patrick Warburton played the high-spirited hero in the first series, and while he isn’t returning in the lead role, word is that he’s going to be on board Amazon’s adaptation as executive producer.
According to Deadline:
In the new incarnation, the blue suit-wearing Tick is recovering from a memory loss. He ends up re-teaming with Arthur to fight evil. Newman’s Arthur, played in the Fox series by David Burke, had been labeled as a schizophrenic because of his statements that evil plans to rule the city, and no one believes him until he runs into Tick. Curry’s Dot Everest is a nurse who loves her brother Arthur to death and worries about him.
Interestingly, renowned cinematographer Wally Pfitzer (Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception, Moneyball) has entered negotiations to direct the pilot. He also directed the 2014 Johnny Depp picture Transcendence and recently helmed episodes of upcoming Netflix comedy series Flaked, starring Will Arnett.