Update: An official press release confirmed the story, saying that "Marvel's 'flawed heroes of Hell's Kitchen' characters" will film in New York State. Filming will begin in Summer 2014, producing nearly 60 one-hour episodes and creating about 400 full-time, and 3000 overall jobs. Governor Cuomo expressed his excitement for the project in the press release.
“New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before,” said Governor Cuomo. “And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses. The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world. These shows bring New York’s superheroes home where they belong – along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business.”
Meanwhile, Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine said he was excited for the genuine look the series will have.
“We thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series. Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ stories," Fine said.
The press release also confirmed the order of the four 13-episode series, with Daredevil going first, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, culminating in The Defenders mini-series.
Netflix also becomes the exclusive U.S. subscription service for all Disney live-action and animated films starting with their 2016 theatrical releases. That includes all Disney brands, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature, and Lucasfilm.
Original Story: According to a brief report by the New York Daily News Wednesday morning, a joint announcement by NY Governor Cuomo and Disney CEO Robert Iger is expected for Wednesday afternoon. The four Marvel Studios solo series for Netflix (and presumably the fifth, shorter series that brings those heroes together) will be shot on-location in New York City.
The paper also has an expected order of filming for the series, with Daredevil coming first, followed by Jessica Jones, then Iron Fist, and finally Luke Cage. Defenders will bring the heroes together for a shorter adventure after each solo 13-episode series is released. The original announcement said that the series will "begin in 2015," so we may see them spread out over a couple of years.
The press release that first announced the Marvel Studios-Netflix series of series did say they would focus on the "street-level" heroes of New York's "Hell's Kitchen" - an area of the city that most modern-day New Yorkers know as "Clinton," where you're more likely to run into upper-middle-class brunch-goers than ne'er-do-wells or Hand ninja. The on-location shooting is a coup for New York. Rather than shooting primarily in studio sets like, say Castle which takes place in New York but is filmed in Los Angeles, the shows and characters will make their homes on the real streets of the city.
The expected order of filming (and thus, most likely, release) sees the most well-known of the bunch, Daredevil, who has already had a (albeit lambasted) live-action film anchoring the series, with Luke Cage drawing the clean-up role. It is interesting to note, though likely just coincidence, that the order is alternating code name - real name. Fans can expect casting announcements for all four series before the first starts shooting, however, as characters will likely have significant crossover and introduction.
We'll follow-up with the official announcement later Wednesday as it comes in.