John Ridley On His Secret Marvel TV Series; Says Current Rumors Are Off The Mark

In April, it was revealed that Oscar-winning and Emmy-nominated screenwriter/producer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime) is developing a Marvel television project for ABC. Entertainment Weekly, the site that broke the story, only knows that it involves reinventing a hero from Marvel's stable of characters.

Since then, many people have been speculating that it could be a Ms. Marvel show, featuring Muslim-American teenager Kamala Khan. While others have suggested a television adaptation of Blade or Cloak and Dagger as well as a Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff series for fan-favorite character Deathlok (J. August Richards). Though it seems all of this speculation missed the marked, according to Ridley.

"My only connection to social media is my lovely wife, who is dialed in, and I can tell you that 99.99999 percent of everything that was put on social media was so phenomenally off-the-mark," Ridley said at ABC's Television Critics Association Press Tour (via AV Club). "Not to be arcane, but the rumors are truly off-the-mark. But it's in a fun way. I'm just glad to be part of the conversation."


He's still keeping details of his project under wraps at it is still in the development stage. "The only thing I can say about it is that I'm really in love with that project," Ridley explained. "I continue to give Marvel and ABC credit because within their system they're still trying to bring in other voices. I'm in the development stage where I get down on my knees and pray that it goes forward."