With the much awaited Luke Cage show currently in production, it’ll only be a matter of time until new official details about the show emerge. Ahead of those official reveals, an anonymous user on Reddit claiming to be involved in the music production for the show has revealed some descriptive information regarding the general tone/feel for the series. Take it with a grain of salt as this information may not be a 100% from a legitimate source.
I work for a music sync company and we recently had this description come through for music needed in an episode of Luke Cage.
Luke Cage is written by Cheo Coker (Ray Donovan, Southland) and the first two episodes are being directed by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock Pilot, Scandal Pilot). Played by Mike Colter, it is the story of a bulletproof, super-powered man on the run from the law who, despite his checkered past, can’t help but become a hero. We like to say it’s all Marvel but closer in tone to The Wire.
TONE: Luke Cage is a dark, yet vibrantly kinetic world with cinematic scope — SHAFT meets CITY OF GOD. The music is hip-hop in all its bombast and complexity, a living, breathing character in the show, with song choices ranging from the instantly recognizable classics to the fresh, next big thing. This unique tone will be the backdrop as we tell the story of a superpowered escaped convict at war with himself, who sets up shop in a community at war with itself. Marvel represents family entertainment. Our series will never show tobacco smoking or drugs. We are PG-16, never rated R.
SETTING: The Harlem of right now. A patchwork of brick-and-mortar history and a highrise future. Predominantly Black, the area is nevertheless a mosh pit of income brackets and ethnicities. Our hero, LUKE CAGE, moves in several worlds – he lives above a Chinese restaurant, and works for cash at a beloved barbershop by day. At night, he’s a dishwasher at a slick, gangster-owned nightclub. Within these different worlds Luke will notice a pattern: Harlem is plagued by crime, corruption, and gangsters, and needs a hero.
THEMES: Identity. Power. Manhood. Who is Luke Cage? Is he the escaped con that just wants to be left alone, or is he railing against his destiny to become a hero and better his community? Over the course of season one, Luke will grow into the hero we’ve been waiting for.
Luke Cage is the third of five Marvel premium Netflix series. It’s a dark, grounded, adult, premium cable show. Luke is one of Marvel’s most iconic “street-level” superheroes, with his origins going back to the early 1970’s, and he’s a huge fan-favorite.”
All these details are more than interesting whether they end up true or not. Most of them are unheard of – Luke Cage living on top of a Chinese restaurant and working at a mobster owned nightclub. While some paint us a good picture on what to visually and tonally expect from the show – The Wire/Shaft/City of God. It also looks like they’re playing the origin story close to the source material. Nothing unexpected there but it’s something to look forward to.
The R16-ish grittiness has not been unheard of. Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight has referred to the R16 rating numerous times when describing the Netflix-MCU world. We can probably expect a little blood here and there. As for the music selection, it’s exciting as we may have another Marvel property predominantly driven by soundtracks just like Guardians of the Galaxy.
The only thing left up in the air from these comments is what time-frame the show is specifically set in. It’s been confirmed that Luke Cage will have his indestructible abilities when we see him in Jessica Jones later this year, so unless we get his origin story via flashbacks like in Daredevil, there’s that miniscule chance that this show may be set earlier. Or even more exciting, could there be a back & forth jump in timelines; pre-current-post Jessica Jones? Considering how those two characters are tied to each other, we wouldn’t rule that possibility out.
All in all, these details excite the hell out of us regardless of how it pans out. If these doesn’t excite you guys, we don’t know what will.
Luke Cage – which stars Mike Colter as the titular hero and is currently in production – is set to hit Netflix at some point in 2016. For more info on the character, be sure to check out our very informative crash course.