The 2010 Marvel comic Scarlet is being developed for a television series at Cinemax. Writer and Scarlet co-creator Brian Michael Bendis, let the new slip that the property is being developed as a series.
Bendis was speaking about the book when he revealed the news: “I do a book called Scarlet which is soon to be announced also in our universe of television. Not announced yet, but HBO.” Bendis added the project is “at the earliest stage”, but “the team around it… will be announced as soon as all are on the same page.” While Bendis said HBO, Deadline cleared up that the show would be on HBO’s sister channel Cinemax.
The comic followed a rebellious girl from Portland, Oregon named Scarlet Rue. The book was similar to The Punisher in tone, and contained confrontational politics as well as intense violence.
“Scarlet is a list of things you can’t get made. Here’s a female lead who’s killing cops because her world is broken. When it was sold it was sold to people who were actively looking for that, so that put us in a good place. So stay tuned.”
Scarlet is under Icon Comics, an imprint Marvel launched in 2004 for more mature comic books. Other Icon comics include Kick-Ass, and The Secret Service which have both been adapted to film.