Sons of Anarchy creator penned a Thomas Jane Punisher sequel

Kurt Sutter, known as the creator of FX’s long lived show, Sons of Anarchy, had written and pitched a sequel to the 2004’s The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane, according to an interview with Looper. In this version, he stated that he wanted to show a more emotional character based on Thomas Jane’s acting ability, but his rewrite is what made Marvel turn it down:

“So I turn in this draft, and I’m, like, ‘Aw, yeah, I’m shakin’ up Marvel, man!’ And literally, there were people including Gale Ann Hurd who were like, ‘Uh…..’ They didn’t know what the fuck happened! And it’s not like I didn’t do the things I said I was going to do, but I also did a lot of other things! And I’m a Marvel fan, but I was not a comic book kid. I didn’t really get into that whole world until about 15 years ago, which is when I started getting into graphic novels. And that happened in Paris, because their graphic novel industry is decades beyond ours! But I didn’t realize that you can’t take liberties with some of the characters and some of the traits, because they are what they are. They’re very derivative, they’re stereotyped, but this is the guy that does this, and this is the guy who does this. So they’re two-dimensional for a reason, that’s the purpose they serve. So I was trying to expand the Marvel Universe in a direction it should not have been expanded in.”

He then went on to say:

“Doing the research on it, he’s such an iconic character and really pretty much every vigilante since has some piece of that, but what I think I was trying to do. I’d known Thomas Jane a little bit, and I thought he was a great actor and had a lot of emotional depth that maybe some other action stars may not have. So I think I was trying to write to the emotionality of this dude and motivate the absurd violence with some kind of meaning. I don’t mean that I was, like fucking Gandhi. But I was just trying to root it a little bit more in the mental anguish that he went through to justify it, and to take a little bit of that journey. And that’s why I had the connection with the female character: because I was able to explore that pain through that relationship. So I think that’s what I was trying to do, humanize him a little bit more. But it’s the kind of thing where there’s only X amount of time the movies, so you have moments of that, but you can’t really have a subplot that explores that kind of thing. Not in a summer blockbuster or Marvel picture.”

Do you think this might have been a Punisher film that you would have liked to see? Or were you happy with the depiction by Jon Bernthal on Netflix’s series?

Source: Looper

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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.