Marvel and Netflix have been chugging right along with their connected television universe starting off with 'Daredevil' last spring and then 'Jessica Jones' last month. 'Luke Cage' is filming as you read this and will be joined in 2016 by 'Daredevil' season two. The plan has been from the jump to add 'Iron Fist' into this mix and eventually settle with a 'The Defenders' series, or a mini 'Avengers' if you will. 'Iron Fist' has been the source of many rumors ranging from a completely cancelled series to plans for episodic storytelling being abandoned in favor of a one-off movie. Neither of these appear to be true with news coming from ComicBook.com and Heroic Hollywood (who decided to join forces on this one) that Scott Buck has been hired as the showrunner for this upcoming series.
Given the track record of these sites individually I would believe this if it were one or the other and twice as much when they tag-team a news drop like this. This is pretty smart hiring on the parts of Marvel and Netflix as Buck has over 20 years of experience working in television with numerous writing and producing credits to his name, most notably 'Six Feet Under', 'Rome', and 'Dexter'. All three of these shows involved numerous writers, directors and darker subject matter, a combination that should result in a successful 'Iron Fist' series lest a series of hiccups ruining this cocktail.
A release date is still unknown for this series as is the rest of the cast and crew for the most part. Part of the difficulty of developing this series is the character himself, Daniel Rand, who has powers including self-healing, telepathy and the ability to focus his chi into his hands in order to punch the shit out of shit without breaking his own shit into pieces. Add to this the plot summary that has been listed as "Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist." which gives no evidence of Marvel wanting to abandon the more fantastical elements of this story.
Hopefully everyone sticks to their guns and keeps this character at least somewhat true to the source material with a casting choice that doesn't leave the masses screaming racism. A little diversity never hurt anybody, right? Hopefully this train can get the rolling so we can all check it out sometime late next year. Look back here for more news and info as it becomes available.