Sky 1 commissions Stan Lee drama, Lucky Man
Staff Reporter | On 04, Apr 2015
Sky 1 has commissioned a new series, Lucky Man, from Stan Lee.
The 10-episode show, which is the first UK TV drama from the comic book legend, is based on original idea by Lee and will premiere in 2016.
Lucky Man is the story of DI Harry Clayton, a cop from Central London’s notorious Murder Squad, who is given a charm by a mysterious woman that seems to confer upon the wearer the ability to control luck. The timing could not be better, with Harry’s wife (Eve Best) and child both having left him and his boss suspecting him of being in league with the devil. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the infamous underworld crime boss who is threatening his life.
Commissioned by Sky 1 Director, Adam MacDonald, Sky’s Head of Drama, Anne Mensah and Commissioning Editor, Cameron Roach, it is being made in collaboration with Lee’s multi-media entertainment company POW! Entertainment.
Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 commented: “Lucky Man is a visually striking crime thriller from the legend that is Stan Lee for Sky 1. The show is mysterious, thrilling, energetic and sure to appeal to our customers. I’m honoured that Sky 1 is working with Stan Lee on his first UK TV drama and I can’t wait for our customers to experience the gifts and misfortunes that luck can bring.”
The latest commission adds to Sky’s ambitious slate of original drama this year. The line-up includes Birthday, written by Joe Penhall; The Five, created by best-selling author Harlan Coben, The Last Panthers, a crime drama written by Jack Thorne and starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt; Critical, the new medical drama from Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio; Enfield Haunting, starring Timothy Spall, Matthew MacFadyen and Juliet Stevenson; Raymond Briggs’ Fungus the Bogeyman; and epic global drama Apocalypse Slough, starring Mathew Baynton.
Carnival Films, of Downton Abbey fame, will produce the show, and James Nesbitt and Eve Best will star. They will be joined by Sienna Guillory, Amara Karan, Darren Boyd, Omid Djalili, Jing Lusi and Kenneth Tsang.
Stan Lee, Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, comments: “Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world. With all the creative projects I have worked on, I sure am a lucky man myself and I am excited to be working with Sky 1 and Carnival Films on this latest project.”
Richard Fell, Executive Producer, adds: “Lucky Man is a different kind of superhero show – Stan has come up with an absolutely brilliant idea; something that we can all relate to. What if you could control luck? Would that be the greatest thing you could give someone, or their worst nightmare? It’s a twist which brings the whole superhero genre right back down to earth, which we hope will appeal to the Sky 1 audience.”