Just when you thought you’d had had enough superhero for the week, The Tick comes crashing through your wall, courtesy of Amazon. After years of rumors, the big blue bug is finally rebooting with a new series, already casting its Arthur.

Per Deadline, the long-gestating superhero series has been given a pilot order at Amazon under original writer-creator Ben Edlund and fellow original executive producer Barry Josephson. Patrick Warburton won’t reprise his role from the FOX iteration, likely executive producing instead, while Vinyl star Griffin Newman will play sidekick Arthur Everest, alongside Valorie Curry as his sister Dot.

So reads Deadline’s description:

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.

Transcendence helmer Wally Pfister is in negotiations to direct the pilot, having worked as director of photography for The Dark Knight films.

There’s no telling what The Tick might look like in a modern context, but is Amazon ready for its first superhero?


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