For a while now I’ve been bemoaning to lack of homegrown sci-fi/superhero shows in recent years. Sure, there’s always Doctor Who and there was Misfits, but those shows have always been few and far between, so I’m rather excited about the idea of Sky getting into the superhero game…
Sky 1 have commissioned a new, 10 part, hour long drama called LUCKY MAN starring James Nesbitt as Harry Clayton, a cop from Central London’s notorious Murder Squad, who’s given a charm that seems to confer upon the wearer the ability to control luck.
What’s even more interesting is the team behind the new show. If your going to create a new superhero, where better to go than the top of the food chain to the legend that is STAN LEE, who’s POW! Entertainment company will be working in collaboration with Carnival Films (the producers of Downton Abbey) to run the show.
Here’s the synopsis:
Nesbitt’s Harry is down on his luck; his wife (Eve Best – Nurse Jackie, The Honourable Woman) and child have left him due to his gambling habit, his boss thinks he’s in league with the devil and he has a huge debt to an infamous underworld crime boss who is threatening his life.
A chance meeting with a mysterious woman who gives him an ancient bracelet changes everything… It appears to give Harry control over luck itself, but at what cost?
Other cast includes Sienna Guillory (Fortitude, Luther), Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Darren Boyd (Fortitude), Omid Djalili (Moonfleet), Jing Lusi (Holby City) and Kenneth Tsang (Die Another Day).
Stan Lee said about the show “Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world. 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 planned for a 2016 release in to UK on Sky 1 and will be distributed globally by NBCUniversal International Distribution. Wonder if The Verve have been contacted about the theme tune… ;)