Netflix has signed up Scott Buck as showrunner for Iron Fist.
The Marvel series follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in the two giants’ team-up to bring a group of superheroes to the screen – all of them will eventually appear together in a crossover event series, The Defenders.
Rumour had it that Iron Fist was having trouble getting off the ground, with speculation in recent months that Marvel and Netflix might even scrap the whole project and replace it with a spin-off for The Punisher instead, following his debut in Daredevil Season 2. Now, though, the comic book titan has reassured fans that the show is still going ahead with the hiring of Buck to steer the ship.
Buck will be known to TV fans as a veteran of both Dexter and Six Feet Under, which means he’s no stranger to weaving intricate stories about ambiguous people.
“Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet,” added Marvel’s head of TV, Jeph Loeb, who will also serve as an exec producer with Buck. “We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we’ve found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of The Defenders.”
The show itself follows Daniel Rand, who returns to New York City after being missing for years. He fights against the criminal element corrupting the city with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
“I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and Iron Fist to life with Marvel on Netflix,” Buck said in an official statement.
Together with the addition of an official Iron Fist page on the Netflix site, fans can rest easy: Iron Fist is, slowly but surely, on his way.