by Brett White
It’s a story that’s become all too familiar. First a network options a comic book property, then they make a pilot, we all get our hopes up, and then the network passes on the pilot, crushing dreams in the process. And now “The Sixth Gun” has joined the ranks of “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” “Punisher,” “Locke & Key,” “Wonder Woman,” “Amazon” and “Chew” as another abandoned comic book TV show. When you see that list and consider what might have been, it just gets really… depressing.
Oni Press’ “The Sixth Gun” by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree has become a cult favorite and critical darling over the past few years, and its premise seems tailor made for a television series. And with NBC so down on its luck, a quirky show like “The Sixth Gun” with a built-in fanbase could have been just what the network needed. The series got a pilot order back in January, and then cast Laura Ramsey, Michiel Huisman and Elena Satine amongst others. This move comes as a bit of a shock considering how well comics-on-tv are doing right now, thanks to “The Walking Dead” and “Arrow.”
The creators of “The Sixth Gun” comic book have reacted on Twitter, saying:
The crummy news: NBC did not pick up THE SIXTH GUN as a series. The good news: @brihurtt and I still have an awesome comic to focus on.
— cullenbunn (@cullenbunn) May 9, 2013
At end of day @cullenbunn and I intend to stay focused on the one thing we do have control over. The comic. Thanks for all your support!
— Brian Hurtt (@brihurtt) May 9, 2013
There’s no word yet as to whether or not ABC has picked up this season’s other highly-anticipated comic book adaptation, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” ABC’s upfront presentation is on Tuesday, May 14th, so that will most likely be when we find out.
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