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The Punisher will return, but not on the big screen

Oct. 20, 2011by: Dave Davis

He's already had three shots in movies, but now Marvel's brutal vigilante THE PUNISHER is taking the action to the small screen.

Fox and ABC Studios has a new show in the works from Ed Bernero ("Criminal Minds")... but don't expect to see the ruthless behavior that the character is known for. Deadline says that the TV version of Frank Castle will be "a rising star detective with the New York Police Department who moonlights as the vigilante Punisher, seeking justice for those the system has failed."

Seems pretty... generic. Like a remake of the cheesy 90s show "Dark Justice" (yeah, that was a judge instead of a cop, but the same basic premise). At the very least it doesn't sound like we'll see the vengeance-obsessed Castle gunning down every hardened felon in sight.

You may recall that after the anti-hero's last big screen attempt PUNISHER: WAR ZONE (which at least had the courtesy to remain reasonably true to the comic origin), the rights to the character were reacquired by Marvel. The movie studio's honcho Kevin Feige later dropped hints we'd see the skull costume and smoking guns again. We just presumed he didn't mean in a potentially toothless network TV show.

Extra Tidbit: I don't understand the love for the Tom Jane version. Frank Castle, cleaning up sunny Tampa and planting fake fire hydrants? Whatever.
Source: Deadline

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12:47PM on 10/23/2011
Everyone's on Thomas Jane's dick. Yes, he's a cool guy and great actor, but he sucked as Punisher and that entire movie was horrible.
Everyone's on Thomas Jane's dick. Yes, he's a cool guy and great actor, but he sucked as Punisher and that entire movie was horrible.
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12:07PM on 10/23/2011
The plot sounds more like the 2099 version of Punisher...
The plot sounds more like the 2099 version of Punisher...
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11:25AM on 10/22/2011

For some reason this disappeared

So I'll reshare the news. They already announced ANOTHER reboot for The Punisher. Here's the synopsis

Frank Castle is a family man, a father, a husband, and a business man.But when Frank loses his job, he realizes that sometimes, the most important things in life, are right in front of him.

Join Frank on his journey to becoming the best Samaritan this side of the city as he gives back to his community and discovers just how gratifying preserving and cherishing life really is.

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So I'll reshare the news. They already announced ANOTHER reboot for The Punisher. Here's the synopsis

Frank Castle is a family man, a father, a husband, and a business man.But when Frank loses his job, he realizes that sometimes, the most important things in life, are right in front of him.

Join Frank on his journey to becoming the best Samaritan this side of the city as he gives back to his community and discovers just how gratifying preserving and cherishing life really is.

THE PUNISHER, this fall, Only on ABC Family!
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4:52AM on 10/22/2011
Seems like an unnecessary departure from the original character's storyline but if they used this angle for the first series before getting his wife and kids whacked and him presumed dead as a 'cliffhanger' (albeit an obvious one) before carrying on (maybe 1 year later) with Frank Castle in his more traditional role of officially dead but actually an ultraviolent vigilante, then you've probably got yourself a decent tv series.
Seems like an unnecessary departure from the original character's storyline but if they used this angle for the first series before getting his wife and kids whacked and him presumed dead as a 'cliffhanger' (albeit an obvious one) before carrying on (maybe 1 year later) with Frank Castle in his more traditional role of officially dead but actually an ultraviolent vigilante, then you've probably got yourself a decent tv series.
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1:17AM on 10/22/2011
It's a Fox show so why not on FX? That's the perfect fit. The Shield/ Sons of Anarchy flavor would work just fine. Thomas Jane as Castle would be glorious but it won't happen.
It's a Fox show so why not on FX? That's the perfect fit. The Shield/ Sons of Anarchy flavor would work just fine. Thomas Jane as Castle would be glorious but it won't happen.
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8:57PM on 10/21/2011

this is a REALLY bad idea

this sucks.... who cares about a Punisher TV show if he's going to be a street Vigilante????
this sucks.... who cares about a Punisher TV show if he's going to be a street Vigilante????
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7:40PM on 10/21/2011
The Tom Jane version being good has nothing to do with it being a Punisher movie, and everything to do with being a solid movie all on its own. It's the same reason I managed to enjoy Resident Evil 1.
The Tom Jane version being good has nothing to do with it being a Punisher movie, and everything to do with being a solid movie all on its own. It's the same reason I managed to enjoy Resident Evil 1.
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7:36PM on 10/21/2011
Unless Thomas Jane is reprising his role--either in a theatrically released sequel or an HBO series--I couldn't give a shit.
Unless Thomas Jane is reprising his role--either in a theatrically released sequel or an HBO series--I couldn't give a shit.
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5:43PM on 10/21/2011

when I first read the title I immediately thought...

HBO and Tom Jane. He's already familiar and friendly with the network (Hung) and with The Punisher franchise (with THE best Punisher movie out there), this would be awesome to see him back in the role especially as an awesome HBO TV show!

...and then I read Fox, ABC, Criminal Minds and a bunch of other shit. Lame.
HBO and Tom Jane. He's already familiar and friendly with the network (Hung) and with The Punisher franchise (with THE best Punisher movie out there), this would be awesome to see him back in the role especially as an awesome HBO TV show!

...and then I read Fox, ABC, Criminal Minds and a bunch of other shit. Lame.
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2:00PM on 10/21/2011

Dolph Lundgren

as Castle again?
as Castle again?
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1:25PM on 10/21/2011

sux ballz

Pass
Pass
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1:20PM on 10/21/2011
Anybody have any theories as to why Frank Castle is unadaptable to the screen? I have my own, but I'd like to hear yours.
Anybody have any theories as to why Frank Castle is unadaptable to the screen? I have my own, but I'd like to hear yours.
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12:58PM on 10/21/2011
And he'll probably have a spunky teenage sidekick, right?
And he'll probably have a spunky teenage sidekick, right?
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7:58AM on 10/21/2011

Punisher Warzone

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The Podcast How did this get made,with Host Paul Scheer and guest Patton Oswalt talk to the director of Punisher Warzone.Check it out it's really good!
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7:16AM on 10/21/2011

The tidbit reminded me...mmmmmm...

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6:39AM on 10/21/2011
Maybe there can be a crossover episode where Dexter Morgan kills this version of Frank Castle (and the Fox/ABC heads) for stealing his gig.
Maybe there can be a crossover episode where Dexter Morgan kills this version of Frank Castle (and the Fox/ABC heads) for stealing his gig.
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6:39AM on 10/21/2011
I hope it's a typo because the story would be like a NYPD hot on the trail of The Punisher is more logical and reasonable than Frank Castle being the cop and moonlight as The Punisher. They probably cast new Frank Castle. I can't think of anyone yet.
I hope it's a typo because the story would be like a NYPD hot on the trail of The Punisher is more logical and reasonable than Frank Castle being the cop and moonlight as The Punisher. They probably cast new Frank Castle. I can't think of anyone yet.
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6:00AM on 10/21/2011
Punisher is not a damn cop! I hope this project goes the way of Wonder Woman if enough fans get Vocal about Marvel signing off on a loose adoption for network tv when the character needs to be on cable tv.
Punisher is not a damn cop! I hope this project goes the way of Wonder Woman if enough fans get Vocal about Marvel signing off on a loose adoption for network tv when the character needs to be on cable tv.
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5:49AM on 10/21/2011
Fuck's sake, man. If you're not going to do the actual fucking Punisher, don't use the character's name to sell something else. Stop being floppy little dicks.
Fuck's sake, man. If you're not going to do the actual fucking Punisher, don't use the character's name to sell something else. Stop being floppy little dicks.
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5:02AM on 10/21/2011

Tom Jane is Frank

So basically this is the equalizer reboot not punisher
So basically this is the equalizer reboot not punisher
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4:46AM on 10/21/2011
I'm a big Punisher fan (I even did myself a Punisher skull tattoo on my forearm) I loved the violence and brutality of Warzone, but that film was ruined by OTT cheesy villains. This tv show will most doubt suck.
I'm a big Punisher fan (I even did myself a Punisher skull tattoo on my forearm) I loved the violence and brutality of Warzone, but that film was ruined by OTT cheesy villains. This tv show will most doubt suck.
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4:17AM on 10/21/2011
Im so tired of hearing about the hydrant. He was setting up his enemy to kill his wife and best friend, doesnt get much colder then that
Im so tired of hearing about the hydrant. He was setting up his enemy to kill his wife and best friend, doesnt get much colder then that
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11:31AM on 10/21/2011
Actually, shooting them both in the face with a shotgun would be colder. And more entertaining to watch. And actually true to the character. But hey, maybe you have a thing for fire hydrants. Or you can't admit to yourself that it was just really lame.
Actually, shooting them both in the face with a shotgun would be colder. And more entertaining to watch. And actually true to the character. But hey, maybe you have a thing for fire hydrants. Or you can't admit to yourself that it was just really lame.
2:58PM on 10/21/2011
Nah, thats just too easy. And any schmuck with a gun can do that
Nah, thats just too easy. And any schmuck with a gun can do that
5:46PM on 10/21/2011
Sorry Davis, wasn't lame. Not sure why you have a hate hard on for the movie but it was a blast, and complaining about the fire hydrant thing just seems incredibly silly and nitpicky. To each their own I guess though.
Sorry Davis, wasn't lame. Not sure why you have a hate hard on for the movie but it was a blast, and complaining about the fire hydrant thing just seems incredibly silly and nitpicky. To each their own I guess though.
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3:53AM on 10/21/2011

SICK OF IT!

I am Sick of Hollywood's never ending conquest which is destroying what the Punisher stands for. They keep wanting to tone his character down.
I am Sick of Hollywood's never ending conquest which is destroying what the Punisher stands for. They keep wanting to tone his character down.
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3:12AM on 10/21/2011
Uh, no. This is not Punisher. You can't have Punisher if he's not a mean, brutal, scary mofo. And I agree, I don't get the Tom Jane version love. I was very disappointed with that film. I hope this show goes in the way of the would be Wonder Woman.
Uh, no. This is not Punisher. You can't have Punisher if he's not a mean, brutal, scary mofo. And I agree, I don't get the Tom Jane version love. I was very disappointed with that film. I hope this show goes in the way of the would be Wonder Woman.
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2:38AM on 10/21/2011

Lame

What gets me is that Punisher shouldn't be a hard character to get right in a feature film. I guess FOX is more willing to shovel crap than let Marvel get the rights back to make a decent flick.
What gets me is that Punisher shouldn't be a hard character to get right in a feature film. I guess FOX is more willing to shovel crap than let Marvel get the rights back to make a decent flick.
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11:46AM on 10/22/2011
Marvel DOES have the right to The Punisher back.
Marvel DOES have the right to The Punisher back.
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2:00AM on 10/21/2011

that plot....

does not make sense for the Punisher...
does not make sense for the Punisher...
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12:46AM on 10/21/2011

Fox really wants to fuck up

every awesome movie. Don't they. Zombieland, this, what's next. Get this fucker on HBO ASAP
every awesome movie. Don't they. Zombieland, this, what's next. Get this fucker on HBO ASAP
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1:59AM on 10/21/2011
Unfair to lump Zombieland in here, the creators of Zombieland orginally wrote it as a TV Show, O can't wait for it to come to the tube.
Unfair to lump Zombieland in here, the creators of Zombieland orginally wrote it as a TV Show, O can't wait for it to come to the tube.
12:39AM on 10/21/2011
And after this Punisher series they'll make a Daredevil series where Matt Murdock has perfect vision, because a disabled hero might make mainstream audiences uncomfortable, and instead of fighting the Kingpin and Bullseye he'll pick flowers and pal around town with Foggy Nelson.
And after this Punisher series they'll make a Daredevil series where Matt Murdock has perfect vision, because a disabled hero might make mainstream audiences uncomfortable, and instead of fighting the Kingpin and Bullseye he'll pick flowers and pal around town with Foggy Nelson.
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11:57PM on 10/20/2011
So the Punisher is coming back as not the Punisher? Bold move television.
So the Punisher is coming back as not the Punisher? Bold move television.
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11:31PM on 10/20/2011
Isn't the current CBS series Person of Interest with Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson sort of like a high tech version of the Punisher? I was thinking that earlier. As for the extra tidbit - that's funny because I was thinking the opposite. I don't get the HATE for the 2004 Tom Jane version. Awesome movie IMO!
Isn't the current CBS series Person of Interest with Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson sort of like a high tech version of the Punisher? I was thinking that earlier. As for the extra tidbit - that's funny because I was thinking the opposite. I don't get the HATE for the 2004 Tom Jane version. Awesome movie IMO!
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11:31PM on 10/20/2011
This will last 1 season tops, like the Blade series I never watched. Give me a John Woo directed Punisher film with Tom Jane back.
This will last 1 season tops, like the Blade series I never watched. Give me a John Woo directed Punisher film with Tom Jane back.
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11:28PM on 10/20/2011
Oh cool. Another show that'll get pulled within its first week, or even better, before its first week. Anyone remember Wonder Woman?
Oh cool. Another show that'll get pulled within its first week, or even better, before its first week. Anyone remember Wonder Woman?
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1:45AM on 10/21/2011
nope lol
nope lol
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11:24PM on 10/20/2011

Ugh!

This sounds awful. Seriously what is so Damn hard about adapting The Punisher? He's just a guy with some guns, its not like he shoots lightning bolts out of his arse or anything. He needs a gritty show with some balls ala Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, or The Sheild, and he's not a Goddamn cop, he's a soldier!
This sounds awful. Seriously what is so Damn hard about adapting The Punisher? He's just a guy with some guns, its not like he shoots lightning bolts out of his arse or anything. He needs a gritty show with some balls ala Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, or The Sheild, and he's not a Goddamn cop, he's a soldier!
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11:15PM on 10/20/2011
From Fox and ABC, that doesnt sound right to me, it'll be watered down for the mainstream. AMC, or FX should have picked this up.
From Fox and ABC, that doesnt sound right to me, it'll be watered down for the mainstream. AMC, or FX should have picked this up.
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11:13PM on 10/20/2011

I'm drinking whiskey now...

I always wanted a Punisher TV show where there is no cussing, nudity, gore. It sounds perfect.
I always wanted a Punisher TV show where there is no cussing, nudity, gore. It sounds perfect.
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11:13PM on 10/20/2011

Dude

Seriously, Punisher belongs on HBO or on Showtime. I agree he should be on TV, but not on basic cable...of course this is my opinion..also i really liked thomas jane's punisher
Seriously, Punisher belongs on HBO or on Showtime. I agree he should be on TV, but not on basic cable...of course this is my opinion..also i really liked thomas jane's punisher
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11:12PM on 10/20/2011
The Tom Jane Punisher is SUPREMELY underrated in terms of great comic book movies. I too appreciated how close they regarded the comics in War Zone but Jane was an awesome Frank Castle.
This could either miserable or surprisingly cool in a gritty crime drama way :)
The Tom Jane Punisher is SUPREMELY underrated in terms of great comic book movies. I too appreciated how close they regarded the comics in War Zone but Jane was an awesome Frank Castle.
This could either miserable or surprisingly cool in a gritty crime drama way :)
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11:10PM on 10/20/2011
He needs to be a relative of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and spin off that show...

But seriously, anything would be better than that AWFUL War Zone. Even a toothless Punisher killing bad guys off screen beats that cheesy crap. I was hoping for FX "The Shield" level grit but we'll see...
He needs to be a relative of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and spin off that show...

But seriously, anything would be better than that AWFUL War Zone. Even a toothless Punisher killing bad guys off screen beats that cheesy crap. I was hoping for FX "The Shield" level grit but we'll see...
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