Content Editorpreviously reported, Netflix has picked up several new projects concerning the Marvel universe. Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage will each star on the popular streaming site, with the shows being based in New York. Sources confirm the production teams will not take their respective heroes out of their city of origin, and will even be given tax incentives totaling around $4 million to allow for the needs of production. This was announced in an official statement by Disney CEO, Bob Iger, alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo. In addition to bringing the "flawed heros of Hell's Kitchen" to the world of live-action, the productions are anticipated to create nearly three thousand more jobs within the industry. This multi-series project is Netflix's big step forward into the comic-to-live-action portion of the industry, and has been noted to be their most ambitious undertaking to date. "Filming is set to begin in the Summer 2014 and will create at least three thousand jobs in New York State including up to 400 full time jobs. The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist." “New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before,” Cuomo commented. “And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses. The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world. These shows bring New York’s superheroes home where they belong – along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business.” But this will not be the first time The Walt Disney Company has helped New York thrive. Since 2008, the company has provided thousands to half a billion dollars toward the Big Apple's economy, particularly in the television and film industries. Their help has created more than 9,000 local jobs, which has boosted the affordability and appeal of several properties in the greater New York area. "This new original TV deal follows last year's landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm." "The Defenders are classic New York characters; smart, resourceful and tough enough to always stand up for what's right," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. "We're delighted they're coming to life on their home turf thanks to Governor Cuomo and his team." You may view the full statement, and what we can expect from the projects, here. Shooting in New York will hopefully appeal to fans of the original comics and Marvel franchise. It would be like taking Bruce Wayne out of Gotham--it would make very little sense in relation to the DC universe. Are you excited for the new shows and movies? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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