Fan films have always been a huge part of the Internet and YouTube community.
There are homages, parodies and remakes that can stoke avid fan fires all around with the many tributes. However, sometimes there are some films that get a little too close to the source material that makes companies uncomfortable. Case in point, the Marvel Studios juggernaut. Because they just took action to snuff out the Punisher fan film The Dead Can’t Be Distracted.
Filmmaker Mike Pecci had plans to bring the recent run of writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto on the Punisher comic book series to fans via a high production value fan film.
Of course, those plans didn’t exactly include an official authorization from Marvel themselves. However, Marvel has never stopped other bigger fan films from being posted and revered across the web, like Adi Shankar’s Venom film Truth in Journalism, or even the Thomas Jane reprisal of Frank Castle in Dirty Laundry. Surely if those fan flicks got past Marvel, then this one would too right? Well, not so fast my friends. Turns out Marvel responded with a cease and desist letter to Pecci stating that it would cause confusion that this was an official Marvel sanctioned film.
Pecci is obviously disappointed and has now taken to a letter-writing campaign in order to get the film to the masses. He believes that this film could actually be the pilot or jump off point to a full web series. He just wants Marvel to see it and give him the same chance to do justice to the source material. Of course, we all want that too because the trailer is an awesome tease to what it could become. Of course, if it involves a guy doing a somersault in the air and getting hit with a rocket launcher like in Punisher: War Zone, then I’ll petition Marvel myself to help out.
Images: Marvel, Mike Pecci