Stan Lee Makes First Foray Into U.K. TV

Stan Lee Coat - H 2014
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Stan Lee Coat - H 2014

The comic book legend is teaming with 'Downton Abbey' producer Carnival on a new 10-part series for Sky 1 and NBCUniversal.

From tweed jackets, high tea and the Crawleys to the world’s most renowned superhero creator: Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, fresh from announcing that its most famous creation is coming to an end, is now teaming up with Stan Lee.

In an announcement made Monday, U.K. cable channel Sky 1 revealed that it has commissioned Lucky Man, a new 10-part series from Carnival and Lee, based on an original idea by the author and made in collaboration with his POW! Entertainment company.

Due to debut on Sky 1 in 2016 and distributed internationally by NBCUniversal, which owns Carnival, Lucky Man will star James Nesbitt, recently seen in Starz' acclaimed TV drama The Missing as a down-on-his-luck London cop in the city's notorious Murder Squad. Despite a gambling habit that has seen him lose his wife and child, together with a huge debt to an underworld crime boss, a charm bracelet that appears to confer upon him the ability to control luck could turn his fortune around.

"Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world," said Lee in a statement. "With all the creative projects I have worked on, I sure am a lucky man myself and I am excited to be working with Sky 1 and Carnival Films on this latest project."

"Lucky Man is a different kind of superhero show – Stan has come up with an absolutely brilliant idea; something that we can all relate to," added Richard Fell, who will executive produce for Carnival Films with Gareth Neame. "What if you could control luck? Would that be the greatest thing you could give someone, or their worst nightmare? It’s a twist which brings the whole superhero genre right back down to earth, which we hope will appeal to the Sky 1 audience."