For fans of The Middleman, creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach tweeted something completely unexpected earlier today. He said:
“yes, there will be more middleman. no, it will not be a movie like VM. there may be a kickstarter involved. figuring it out. stay tuned.”
“will not have more news for a few months. details being figured out. lots of moving parts. said too much. hanso foundation coming for me.”
The “VM” he refers to in his first tweet is Veronica Mars, the television series that recently earned itself a film continuation courtesy of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. While Grillo-Marxuach seems to rule out a Middleman film, there are at least a couple of possibilities worth considering.
As many of you reading this will know, The Middleman began as a comic book series from Viper Comics in 2005. Written by Grillo-Marxuach and drawn by Les McClaine, this comic series consisted of two 4-issue mini-series and well as a full-length graphic novel. It’s very, very possible that this is how we will get the continuing adventures of the Middleman and Wendy Watson. I am on board for this, especially if McClaine returns for the art chores. Odds are pretty good on this one.
The popularity of the comic book series led to the production of a television series for ABC Family in 2008. This live-action show starrred Matt Keeslar, Natalie Morales, Mary Pat Gleason, Brit Morgan and Jake Smollett with appearances by Mark Sheppard and Brendan Hines. Overseen and developed for TV by Grillo-Marxuach, this cult-favorite show ran for 12 episodes before being, unfortunately, cancelled. There was a “thriteenth episode” follow-up in the form of another graphic novel as well as a table-read of the script at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. The popularity of the DVD set of the show as well as a whole lot of interest in a recently released video of the table read proves there is still lots of interest in this version of the story. While Grillo-Marxuach has ruled out a movie, it is possible he may be shooting for more episodes or even a web series. I think either option would easily get crowd-funded and I would very much like to see this happen. Odds are fifty-fifty on this, maybe less.
Those are the two big possibilities and the big two that I am rooting for. I’ll admit that I am greedy enough to hope for both, but bring on either. There are certainly other options such as something animated or perhaps an audio play (are you listening Big Finish Productions?) or something else web related. Frankly, the sky is the limit in the digital age. Basically, The Middleman WILL be returning and that is a great thing!
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