UPDATE: MARVEL’s Netflix Shows To Film In New York And Consist Of About 13 Episodes Each
For a few months last year we heard several things about Marvel‘s big Netflix deal, but then things went quiet. We haven’t heard anything about the Netflix deal that will give us shows based on Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and that big Defenders crossover in a while, but that changes today as a new report about where those shows will be filming and how many we’ll actually be getting has hit.
The Wrap is reporting that all four of the series, and the crossover that takes place after the shows have run their course, will film in New York City. That’s oddly fitting considering NYC is the hub of the Marvel comic universe. According to the site, Marvel will be getting a great set of tax incentives for filming there:
An individual with knowledge of the situation tells The Wrap that Disney CEO Bob Iger and Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce in Times Square on Wednesday that the state has carved out tax incentives valued at around $4 million to accommodate the needs of the massive multi-character series, which should consist of at minimum nearly 60 hour-long TV episodes.
It’s nice to have some confirmation on how long each series will be too. If it’s a total near the 60-hour mark, that means each of the five shows will have about 13 episodes. That’s par for the course for Netflix shows basing it off things like the highly addictive House of Cards. So we get 60-hours of Marvel goodness featuring some of the street level heroes. Hopefully with this cat out of the bag we’ll start hearing more specifics about the shows. We know Daredevil will be overseen by Drew Goddard, but we’ve yet to hear anything about the others. What do you think about the news?
UPDATE: The news is now official as the Marvel press conference announcing everything you read above has just ended. Agent M posted a photo of the press conference’s background image featuring all four of the heroes as well as a pic of Joe Quesada, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Disney‘s Bob Iger shaking hands to close things out. Agent M also reports the five shows “will bring $200 million over three years, 400 full-time jobs to NYC.” The press release for the announcement reads in part:
This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs totaling 52 one-hour episodes culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series programming event. Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking viewers deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as “The Defenders,” much like “The Avengers.”