Why ‘Hawkeye’ moved from movie to TV series on Disney + – The Hollywood Reporter

Hawkeye and Avengers: Endgame executive producer Trinh Tran never doubted Clint Barton / Hawkeye’s Playoffs history warranted further exploration. Instead, it was a question of which media was best suited to tell the story of Jeremy Renner’s Avenger at street level and his quest to get home in time for Christmas. Tran quickly realized, along with his fellow Marvel Studios producers, that Hawkeye the project would benefit creatively if it went from the feature film side of the studio to the newly established Disney + side.

“We decided to move Hawkeye from the features page over to the Disney + page for [creative flexibility], ”Says Tran The Hollywood Reporter. The big question was, ‘How are we going to fit all this into a two-hour time frame? We have an Avenger whose background we haven’t quite had time to explore yet. We also need to introduce a new character [Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop], and give them enough time to commit and create the special dynamic that everyone finds so appealing in the comics. ‘ So by moving it over, it gave us six hours, three times as much time, which really gave us the creative flexibility we needed to tell the story. “

In September 2019, when Hailee Steinfeld was reported to be playing Barton’s protégé Kate Bishop Hawkeye, the fans rejoiced unanimously until Steinfeld himself sowed doubts about the idea. This led to some speculation that the actor’s existing contract with Apple TV +’s Dickinson may have caused a snag in the case. Tran, however, was always sure that Steinfeld would be involved as a bishop.

“When [Hailee] came in to meet, we knew right away that she was the person we had been looking for all these years, ”says Tran. “It was just a matter of not being able to talk about her involvement all the time. So the speculation as to whether she was with or not was just us trying to figure out how we can execute the series during this time and get it delivered on time for this holiday season. “

Before Black widows release, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige reported Breaking Bad prequel / sequel, Rather call Saul, which influences Widow‘s prequel storytelling. Then Marvel Studios hired former Rather call Saul author Marion Dayre to lead the author room for Echo, who plays Alaqua Cox in the role of the same name. (Hawkeye will first introduce the character.) In addition, Rather call SaulTony Dalton also plays the enigmatic role of Jack Duquesne Hawkeye, and it confirms Tran Rather call Saul was a key factor in Dalton’s casting.

“I absolutely love Tony Dalton from Rather call Saul! “says Tran.” When we talked about who would be great as Jack Duquesne, Tony obviously came to mind because he’s incredible in that series. I can not say much about his character in [Hawkeye]”but as you can see in the previous sections, there is a quality in Jack that will hopefully fascinate people to find out what’s going on.”

In a recent conversation with THR, Tran also explains why the decision was made Hawkeye a little more light-hearted than previous MCU series.

Since WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki each explored some heavy topics and themes at times, was Hawkeye always designed to be something a little easier for the holidays? was Hawkeye intended as an answer to these shows?

Well, when we brainstormed and talked about the story a few years ago, we tried to figure out how we can separate this series from Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki. And one way was to put it around holiday times. Out of all the characters, it made sense for Clint Barton’s story to be told around this time of year because he’s a family guy. He’s one of the few Avengers with kids, and after the fallout of what happened in Playoffs – where he lost his children for five years, Ronin stayed and got them back – this is the first Christmas he has to spend with his family. And the series’ big question is whether he will be able to get home in time to be able to do so. So there’s the big weight that he’s trying to figure out when he’s stuck somewhere else. He’s trying to deal with something that has put him on this mission, and he needs to figure out how to get out of it. And as for the light-heartedness, we wanted to show a different side of Clint that we have not seen before, compared to all the Avengers movies that he’s in. And I find it so much more interesting that there’s a version of Clint that’s a little more humorous from Matt Fraction [comic book] race. So we wanted to pull a little bit of that into the series, and we thought Kate Bishop, out of everyone, was the perfect candidate to do it.

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Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye.
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Everyone was celebrating when Hailee Steinfeld’s casting was announced, but then there was a period of uncertainty as to whether it would actually happen. Were you always sure that things would work out?

Yes, we love Hailee. When we talked about who would be the perfect candidate for Kate Bishop, names were thrown in the hat and we all loved Hailee. We think she’s hugely talented. When she came in to meet, we knew right away that she was the person we had been looking for all these years when we had talked about who this person is and what she can bring to the table. Hailee did an incredible job and we were all very happy with Kate Bishop on screen as she delivered. It was just a matter of not being able to completely talk about her involvement all the time. So the speculations as to whether she was with or not were just us trying to figure out how we can execute the series at this time and get it delivered in time for this holiday season.

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Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop and Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne in Hawkeye
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Kevin Feige has referred to a particular show as a touchstone for Black widow‘s prequel storytelling. You also hired one of its authors, Marion Dayre, as the lead writer of Echo. And now with Hawkeyes casting of Tony Dalton, it is safe to say that Marvel Studios is quite fond of Rather call Saul?

I absolutely love Tony Dalton from Rather call Saul! When we talked about who would be great as Jack Duquesne, Tony obviously came to mind because he’s incredible in that series. He brings a different tone to this particular character that people have not quite seen yet. I can not say much about his character in the series, but as you can see in the previous episodes, there is a quality in Jack that will hopefully fascinate people to find out what’s going on.

What I love about Marvel Studios’ TV shows is that they are capable of devoting more time to character development than a two-hour movie can. From your point of view, do TV shows already make your film directors’ lives easier, as they do not have to squeeze six episodes of character work into their two-hour playing time?

It gives us the creative flexibility to explore the characters much more because we have the time and space to do so. We decided to move Hawkeye from the features page to the Disney + page for that very reason. The big question was: “How do we fit all this into a two-hour time frame? We have an Avenger whose background we have not quite had time to explore yet. We also need to introduce a new character, as well. give them enough time to commit and create the special dynamic that everyone finds so appealing in the comics. ” So when we moved it over, it gave us six hours, three times as much time, which really gave us the creative flexibility we needed to tell the story. But there are also challenges involved. We have a process at Marvel, and we try to maintain the same process on both the feature side and the TV series side. We treat it as a process that works well for us. But things happen faster in the TV end. We have the same amount of time that we normally have on the feature end, but we have three times as much content that we need to deliver in a shorter amount of time.

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Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld in Hawkeye
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So I only have a few seconds left, but I have to say I’m fascinated by the Marvel Studios Parliament, which counts you as a member [along with Stephen Broussard, Eric Carroll, Nate Moore and Brad Winderbaum]. Do you each wear a special blazer with a coat of arms on it? Is there a secret handshake? How do you indicate your membership?

(Laughs.) It’s actually amazing. I would go back to my fellow Members of Parliament and say, “We should definitely come up with a handshake of some sort.” If there’s a blazer, I did not get one. (Laughs.) Can you call Kevin Feige and ask where my blazer is?

I’m making some calls!

(Laughs.) But it’s actually a good idea. I want to go back to the other MPs and say we need to come up with a secret code or something.

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Hawkeye‘s first two episodes premiere November 24 at Disney +. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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