Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Freeform Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Marvel's 'New Warriors' Featuring Squirrel Girl

Freeform has given a straight-to-series order to New Warrior, a half-hour live-action comedy from Marvel. The order is for 10 episodes, which will debut in 2018. Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Enlisted) is close to a deal to serve as showrunner.

New Warriors revolves around six young people with powers living and working together. With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world - even if the world isn't ready. The series explores the journey into adulthood, except in this world, they're not quite super and not yet heroes and the bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.

The series will feature Marvel fan-favorite Squirrel Girl (aka Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fan girl who is described as tough, optimistic and a natural leader. She is confident and has the powers of a squirrel: she's acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. her most important trait is said to be her faith in people and ability to teach them to believe in themselves.

Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will executive produce. Marvel Television and ABC Signature produce.

"Freeform's mission is to deliver incredible content to young adults and Marvel Television seamlessly aligns with that mission - we couldn't be more proud to collaborate with them on Marvel's New Warrior," said Karey Burke, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, Freeform.

"Marvel's New Warriors have always been fan favorites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well," added Loeb. "After the amazing experience we've had with Freeform on Marvel's Cloak & Dagger we can't think of a better place for our young heroes."