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Marvel's 'The Punisher': Fox snaps up pilot

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Prime time might want to brace itself for a different kind of Castle.

Fox is aiming to make a TV series featuring Marvel comic book character The Punisher. The procedural drama would center on New York City detective Frank Castle, who seeks justice on the side as a merciless vigilante named The Punisher.

The project — which has been given a pilot commitment with a penalty if it doesn’t air — is from Ed Bernero (Third Watch, Criminal Minds), who is also developing a sci-fi western titled The Eye at ABC.

The Punisher property was most recently adapted into two feature films, the first in 2004 with Thomas Jane as Castle, the second in 2008 with Ray Stevenson in the title role. Both were box office disappointments.