Now it’s been announced that the series will be filmed principally in New York State. The project represents the largest film or television production project commitment in New York State history.
The announcement was made by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, and Netflix.
“Since 2008 Disney has directly contributed almost half a billion dollars to New York’s economy through television and film production, along with approximately 9,000 jobs for New Yorkers,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “The Governor’s policies make this great state a more affordable and attractive location, opening the door for even greater economic investment and job creation for New Yorkers. Our Marvel series for Netflix will inject millions directly into the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs.”
The multiple live-action series will include 52 one-hour episodes that culminate in a four to eight episode mini-series programming event. The first series will focus on Daredevil and will be followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Each series will take viewers deep into the world of heroes and villains in Hell’s Kitchen.
As part of the original programming deal, Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episdoe series and a mini-series where the characters from the first four series will team up as The Defenders.
“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.”
Last year it was announced that Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription service for first-run, live-action and animated films from the Walt Disney Studios – and this includes titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel, Disneynature, and Lucasfilm.
Filming on the new Marvel series is scheduled to begin this summer and will create nearly 3,000 jobs in New York State. Governor Cuomo has worked to bring more film and television production and post-production to the state since his election in 2011 in an effort to grow New York State’s economy.