Marvel Entertainment has been very quietly developing television shows for the last year that go beyond their ABC and Netflix slates. While ‘Agents of SHIELD’ saw a creative resurgence on the alphabet network, Marvel has also got coals on the fire with ‘Runaways’ at Hulu and ‘Cloak and Dagger’ at Freeform. Freeform appears to finally be getting into the action as a director has been hired for the first episode: Gina Prince-Bythewood.
You might know Prince-Bythewood for her work on the hugely acclaimed ‘Love and Basketball’ in 2000, or perhaps for the more recent ‘Beyond the Lights,’ showing the ups and downs of show business. She pulled double duty on both of those projects, and she’ll do the same for the upcoming series ‘Shots Fired,’ both writing and directing scripts. There’s no word yet if she’ll be directing additional episodes or writing scripts for ‘Cloak and Dagger.’
‘Cloak and Dagger’ is Prince-Bythewood’s first superhero project, and when news broke on twitter, the writer/director revealed that this is one project that will make her “boys very happy.”
The Freeform series will follow the two title characters as they navigate new super-powered waters. The series will follow the title characters, Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen, who are both teenagers from New York City learning about their new superpowers, but are also from very different backgrounds. In the comics, the two eventually fall for one another, bonding over tragic backstory and their new learning curve. Tyrone is Cloak, who can manipulate a substance called Darkforce to cloak others in darkness. Tandy is Dagger, who can create daggers made of light.
Though no cast has been announced yet, ‘Cloak and Dagger’ will film this year for a 2018 premiere on Freeform.