John Ridley Developing Mystery Marvel TV Project for ABC

Described as a reinvention of an existing superhero character.
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ABC is looking to expand its relationships with Marvel and John Ridley.

The network is teaming with the Oscar-winning producer behind 12 Years a Slave and its midseason drama American Crime to develop a new Marvel show, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, the new project is described as a reinvention of an existing Marvel superhero character or property. As with all Marvel development, other details are being closely guarded and kept under wraps.

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For Ridley, the Marvel project would mark an extension of his relationship with ABC, where he's under an overall deal with sibling ABC Studios. While anthology American Crime has not been a ratings breakout, network brass including honcho Paul Lee, are high on the series — and want to be in business with Ridley.

For Marvel, meanwhile, the Ridley project would mark its second property in development of late for ABC. The comic book powerhouse is also plotting a mysterious Agents of SHIELD spinoff, and has the flagship looking at a likely third season renewal. Meanwhile, midseason bridge show Agent Carter — Marvel's first female-driven property — remains on the bubble despite critical support. Elsewhere, Marvel just bowed its first of five Netflix series with Charlie Cox drama Daredevil.

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