12:39pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Marvel's Iron Fist' Taps 'Dexter' Alum Scott Buck as Showrunner
Marvel's Iron Fist is starting to take shape.
Former Dexter executive producer Scott Buck has been named as the showrunner of the upcoming Netflix series, Marvel announced Monday.
Iron Fist centers on Daniel Rand, who fights against the criminal elements corrupting New York City with his kung-fu skills and ability to summon the power of the fiery Iron Fist. The series picks up with Rand returning to the Big Apple after having gone missing for several years.
"Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet," Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb said in a statement. "We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we’ve found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of The Defenders."
Added Buck: "I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and Iron Fist to life with Marvel on Netflix."
Marvel's Iron Fist marks the fourth collaboration between the comic book company and the streaming service. Iron Fist is the latest chapter in the ongoing Defenders series that also includes Daredevil and Jessica Jones, which premiered last month on Netflix. Next up is Marvel's Luke Cage, which will debut sometime in 2016 before Iron Fist. The characters of all four shows will eventually unite in The Defenders miniseries.
This marks Buck's first TV gig since Dexter, on which he served as showrunner for the serial killer drama's final three seasons. Although critically acclaimed for much of its run, the series finale was largely panned by critics and fans alike in 2013. Buck's other credits include Six Feet Under, Rome and Coach. He is repped by CAA.