EXCLUSIVE: British actor-comedian Peter Serafinowicz is set as the lead in the Amazon pilot The Tick, a new take on Ben Edlund‘s comic book character with an all-new cast. Edlund, who created the 2001 live-action Fox comedy as well as the 1994 animated series, is writing and executive producing. Also back are fellow original exec producer Barry Josephson and original studio Sony Pictures TV.
The reboot is bringing back the eponymous muscle-bound, antennae-sporting superhero (Serafinowicz). In the new incarnation, the blue-suited Tick is recovering from a memory loss and ends up reteaming with his sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman) to fight evil. The two are surrounded by a new host of characters that include Arthur’s sister Dot (Valorie Curry).
In the Fox series, the Tick was played by Patrick Warburton, who is expected to serve as an executive producer on the new version. Transcendence helmer Wally Pfister is directing the Amazon pilot.
Serafinowicz has strong comic book and cult credentials with his roles in Marvel’s blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy and the 2004 sleeper hit Shaun of the Dead. He also voiced Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and UK’s Troika.
The Tick only lasted for nine episodes on Fox, but it was well received by critics and quickly achieved cult status.