For the longest time, it appeared Marvel and Netflix had pumped the brakes on its live-action Iron Fist miniseries, and the fact that its Defenders brethren continue to make headway – Daredevil is currently prepping for season 2; Jessica Jones recently won over the hearts and minds of Marvelites with a barnstorming debut season; and Luke Cage is filming ahead of a early 2016 premiere – only exacerbated the purported lack of progress.
That all changes today, however. Marvel recently allayed fears surrounding Iron Fist, claiming that news was right around the corner, and today the studio has confirmed that Scott Buck will take up the mantle as showrunner for the inaugural season.
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Word comes by way of both Heroic Hollywood and Comicbook.com, citing that Marvel COO Joe Quesada has secured Buck – best known for producing duties across Dexter and Six Feet Under – to lead the charge from behind the camera. Billed as the loose cannon of the Defenders mini-series, Iron Fist’s (real name Danny Rand) abilities far transcend those of his cohorts, boasting a mystical background and the superhuman energy of a dragon – depending on how faithful Marvel intends to be, of course.
Here’s the official logline for the studio’s latest – and final – entry into the Defenders universe:
“Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.”
With a showrunner now in place, Marvel is now left with casting the star role for Iron Fist, which is currently slated to premiere on Netflix in fall 2016.