Friday, October 21, 2011

Fox Acquires Crime Drama Project based on Marvel's Punisher

Punisher (Marvel)

Fox has acquired an hour-long drama based on the Marvel character Punisher, which will also serve as the series title. The expectation is that the series will be written as a police procedural, and feature Frank Castle (born Castiglione) as an NYPD homicide detective by day, vigilante seeking justice by night.

Here's a condensed version of the character from the Marvel website: Born in New York to parents of Italian ancestry, Francis Castiglione is a former U.S. Marine Captain. Before Frank joined the Marines, he was studying to become a Catholic priest but changed his mind because he was unable to forgive those who did evil. Also prior to his enlistment, he married his wife Maria who was already pregnant with their first child.

Shortly after a tour in Vietnam, Castle, his wife, Maria and their children were in New York's Central Park for an afternoon picnic when they witnessed a Mafia gangland execution; an informant had been hanged from a tree. Seeking to eliminate all witnesses, the Costa crime family murdered them on the spot. However, Castle survived. Even though Frank was able to identify all of the shooters the police were unable to help Castle in his quest for justice; they were tied in too deeply to the powerful Costa family. He decided that the only punishment criminals might receive is that of physical destruction. Shortly thereafter, he emblazoned his body armor with a symbol of a death's head, and exacted his revenge. Since then he has waged a one-man war upon crime, taking the name Punisher.

(Source: Variety.)

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