Watch: Impressive Trailer for 'Punisher' Fan Film Marvel Shut Down
We've seen some impressive Marvel fan films from producer Adi Shankar, including The Punisher: Dirty Laundry starring Thomas Jane, and the stylistic Truth in Journalism which features Eddie Brock before he becomes Venom. Now Shankar has been working on another Marvel-inspired film, focusing on The Punisher again. However, this time, Marvel has taken action to shut down The Dead Can't Be Distracted, the film from director Mike Pecci which takes cues from a specific comic run by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto. While we might not see the full film anytime soon, we at least have a trailer. Watch!
Here's the trailer for The Dead Can't Be Distracted which was released in May (via Movies.com):
Marvel has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Pecci to "immediately stop unauthorized use, advertising, sale and/or distribution of any production of The Punisher or any other Marvel character-based films." That means the film can't see the light of day unless he wants to feel the wrath of Marvel. Pecci says:
"According to Marvel it would ‘confuse the audience’ into believing that it's an official Marvel production. At first, I was flattered that the quality of our work might even compare to the millions they spend on production and advertising, but then the reality of it all set in. Marvel legal was demanding that I don’t release the film! Since when does Marvel go after fan films? Wasn’t there a recent and heavily promoted Punisher fan film with Thomas Jane? What could I do about this?
What would you do when staring at a letter from one of the biggest, wealthiest companies in the movie business? They can put me out of business with the snap of their fingers. Do I have a beef with Marvel? Absolutely not. I think they have become so huge and that my film is lost in the belly of the corporate beast. I want the right people at Marvel to see this film, to rescue our film, and to hopefully be inspired by my love for this character. … Write to Marvel. Tell them that you want to see this film. Tell them you want to see our Punisher on the small screen.”
Pecci has even tried to contact Marvel to get their team to watch his film and see that it's of no threat to their business. After all, he doesn't want to make money from the film. He's just a fan who wanted to pay tribute with a great film. Since Marvel hasn't responded, Pecci decided to get in touch with Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto, and they've given him some positive feedback on the film. Now Pecci's only hope is that this buzz surrounding this little project gets Marvel's attention, and maybe fans can get a look at this little short film. On another note, does this mean Marvel is on the verge of reviving The Punisher? Thoughts?