‘The Tick’ was ahead of it’s time when the series debuted in 2001. It was critically acclaimed but failed to find large ratings and was ultimately killed off. Well the cult live-action comedy The Tick is making a comeback. Amazon has ordered a pilot for a new take on Ben Edlund‘s comic book character with an all-new cast.
The reboot will bring back the eponymous muscle-bound, antennae-sporting superhero, along with his sidekick Arthur (Newman), surrounded by a new host of characters. (The Fox series co-starred Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty and Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel.)
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.
While The Tick only lasted for 9 episodes on Fox, it was well received by critics and quickly achieved cult status. Fifteen years later, it is still beloved by fans.
Pfister, director of photography for the Dark Knight film series, recently directed multiple episodes of the Netflix comedy series Flaked, starring Will Arnett, including the opening episode.
Edlund most recently served as co-executive producer on the first season of Fox’s DC Comics drama series Gotham. He previously did stints on NBC’s Revolution, Fox’s Firefly as well as Angel and Supernatural.