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Marvel’s SCARLET Comes To Cinemax Not HBO!

By Jef Dinsmore on Jun 11, 2016 to Cinemax

Nothing is confirmed to series yet, but the Marvel property SCARLET is in early development at HBO’s sister channel. One of the Marvel Comics gurus, Brian Michael Bendis, attended the to talk all things Marvel and let out the following news.

“I do a book called Scarlet which is soon to be announced also in our universe of television. Not announced yet, but HBO.” [It is] “at the earliest stage,” [but that] “the team around it…will be announced as soon as all are on the same page.”

Cinemax_ScarletA number of outlets jumped on the story all declaring that HBO was developing the Marvel content. That is true, but not quite. The SCARLET concept is being looked at by HBO “the company,” but not for HBO “the channel.” According to our cited source the concept is in development for Cinemax instead of HBO and that seems like a good fit.

What is SCARLET? A comic book series that began in 2010 that features a young woman named Scarlet Rue from Portland, Oregon who rebels against a corrupt society and ends up starting a new American revolution in the process. The series often breaks the fourth wall in that the protagonist talks to the reader of the comic. Think of an ultra-violent and dead serious take on Deadpool I guess.

So if you think about it is seems to fit better on Cinemax. It clearly does not sound like it fits the HBO brand, now does it? Regardless of who airs it, it was just a matter of time before a superhero or comic book character made it to HBO “the company.” The odd thing is though, that the owners of HBO is Warner Brothers which also owns DC Comics. DC does not seem to be up to the cinematic level of Mavel, you’d think if HBO were to take on the comic book genre they’d look in house first. But what do I know, I’m not a huge fan of the whole genre anyway.

Many of you are though, so what do you think? Is SCARLET a good fit for Cinemax? We speculated on choices for HBO before, but do you think they fit into HBO’s brand? Let us know below.

(Source: Deadline)










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