Daredevil producer Steven DeKnight has expressed interest in developing a TV series based on The Punisher. Speaking to ScifFiNow, DeKnight wants to see Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) in a series that
"I've been a huge fan of the Punisher comics for years. I'd love to see him get his due on a platform like this. Nothing would delight me more than to see the Punisher get his own show, and maybe we could convince Marvel to go hard R rating. If any character deserves an R rating, it's the Punisher."
The Punisher has had three attempts to launch a movie franchise, but in all three cases the end results have been mixed at best. Dolph Lundgren got there first in 1989 with the straight to video cult classic; I use the term cult classic loosely as its one of those movies that is so bad it’s good. 15 years later, Thomas Jane took over the role to take down a villainous John Travolta for director Jonathan Hensleigh’s take on the material. Owing to the poor box office performance the planned sequel lingered in development hell for three years. The sequel was retooled as another reboot, and in 2008 Ray Stephenson (Thor) stepped into the role in the diabolically awful Punisher: War Zone.
Currently, the best incarnation of The Punisher was the 2012 short film Dirty Laundry that saw Thomas Jane reprise his role as Frank Castle. Produced by Bootleg Universe creator Adi Shankar (he was behind that Power Rangers viral video), Dirty Laundry was exactly what we wanted to see in a Punisher movie. Fans had hoped that the short would lead to a new movie, but three years on and The Punisher is still sitting on the back-burner. A TV series would be the perfect medium to explore this character with the respect he deserves, an anti-hero is always a harder sell but if anybody can do it, then Marvel can.