President of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb has opened up on the Iron Fist series bringing on a new showrunner for the show’s second season.
Following the announcement that the Fury of the Fist would be returning for a second season, it was revealed that Sleepy Hollow executive producer Raven Metzner would be taking over the showrunner responsibilities for Buck. Buck has since moved on and is currently the acting showrunner on ABC and IMAX’s upcoming Marvel series The Inhumans.
While speaking to The Tracking Board, Loeb explained that the change in showrunner was not due to the series not being received well by fans or critics, but simply because Buck had moved on to Inhumans:
“What happened, really very simply, was [Season 1 showrunner] Scott Buck was on [ABC Marvel series] Inhumans and we were delighted to get another order from Netflix and knew that Scott was not going to be available to us. We set out to find a new showrunner. Raven came in, told us a story and we thought, ‘that’s the next epic adventure for this character’ and got very excited about it.”
Loeb went on to compare the change in showrunner to when a new writer takes over a comic book from another:
“When you look at something like Daredevil, which is easily accessible, if you ask people what’s your favorite Daredevil story? They go, well I’m a Frank Miller fan, or I’m a Brian Michael Bendis fan or I’m an Ed Brubaker fan. Writers have come in and told their particular view of what that character could be. It was Frank who really looked at it and went, maybe he’s not a happy-go-lucky, plucky acrobat who’s running around, like a more mature version of Spider-Man. Maybe it’s a crime drama. And he changed the tone of that book. And then Bendis, he’s a crime writer, he took that and went to the next level. It’s not that we want the audience to get whiplash. It really does need to feel like this is the next chapter of what’s going to happen to Danny Rand and we’re really looking forward to it.”
The first season of Iron Fist debuted on Netflix this past March. The series stars Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, David Wenham as Harold Meachum.
Both Jones and Henwick are set to reprise their roles in Marvel’s upcoming team-up series The Defenders which hits Netflix August 18th.
Iron Fist Season 2 does not yet have a release date. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the second season of Iron Fist as we learn it.
Source: The Tracking Board