Many fans were eagerly awaiting the Punisher fan, titled “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted”, after seeing the trailer below. But after a cease and desist letter from Marvel, it looks like the film will not see the light of day. The big questions on everyone’s lips are; What does this mean for the future of fan films and, more importantly, the future of the Punisher movies?
The fan film was based on Greg Rucka’s semi-re-imagined version of the classic Frank Castle. Mike Pecci, the creator, received a word of warning from Marvel which read:
“While we appreciate your affection for the character, we must demand that you immediately stop your unauthorized use, advertising, sale and/or distribution of any production of The Punisher or any other Marvel character-based films therefor, and any other use of the images, likenesses, artwork or other intellectual property owned by Marvel.”
“Your actions confuse consumers into believing that they are viewing an authentic Marvel production or one sponsored or licensed by Marvel, when they are not.”
“Marvel reserves the right to take whatever remedies are available to it at law and in equity, and shall do whatever best protects its interests.”
Ironically, the original creators of the story, on which “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted”, has endorsed and supported the film. What do you think? Is Marvel being too harsh? Or is the film perhaps interrupting their plans for a Punisher reboot/sequel?