Human Target TV pilot in the works for Fox

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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7 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    I recall being less than impressed with the previous TV series.

  2. Tom Fitzpatrick says:

    I agree with mike weber.Hopefully, they'll take a page or two from Vertigo's mini-series The Human Target, not the regular series after that.

  3. Delmo Walters Jr. says:

    I thought the first tv version, which I have on tape, had its moments but I don't really see the need for another bite at the apple, unless Fox is looking to do a series based on a comic book character as cheaply as possible. No costumes or special effects needed for Christopher Chance.

  4. Miles Vorkosigan says:

    There are a lot of good comics characters out there who require very little effort to adapt them to film. Mike Baron's Badger would be a hoot if done right. I caught every episode of the original Human Target, and I wasn't that impressed, either. It had potential, but was hamstrung by a studio that wouldn't give Bilson & DiMeo have the money to do it right. And the idea is not new. A non-powered adventurer, non-costumed, with a public identity? That goes back to Doc Savage, and has been redone over and over. One of the best riffs on this was Bill Bixby's series The Magician, which went to hell real fast after the pilot when NBC had it tweaked to make it more acceptable to audiences. Changing the character's name from Dorian to Blake, getting rid of the mysterious past… and then in the third season locking him into a single location pretty much killed it. Look it up.But I agree with you guys. A new HT series is pointless, because it'll flop. The audience isn't there, any more than there was for the emasculated tv version of Jon Sable.Miles

    • Delmo Walters Jr. says:

      3rd season? According to IMDB, there was only one season of The Magician.

      • mike weber says:

        I feel as if i recall more than one season, too … but i seldom watched it

        • Miles Vorkosigan says:

          I was addicted to it. And IMDb is wrong on this. For two seasons, Anthony Dorian fought crime and got laid regularly, working from a private plane called (I love this) "The Spirit". Modified Boeing 720 with a drop ramp; Tony parked his Corvette in the hold. In the third and final season, he was based out of The Magic Castle nightclub with Joe Sirola as his sidekick, which was the deathknell for the series. It could have gone on for another season, but the ratings were sagging and Bixby hadn't been happy since season one. NBC gutted the show right after the pilot. One thing that they got rid of was the Monte Cristo element; Tony Dorian had scars arond his wrists, like he'd been chained up. No one knew anything about him, except that he was a very talented stage magician with a raftload of money and a hatred of injustice. Wikipedia says the show only ran one season, but for the life of me I swear it ran more. Maybe it just seems that way. Anyway, it ran outta steam really fast. Weird.Miles