Here’s one of those stories you didn’t expect to read: Deadline is reporting that ABC executives are considering spinning Once Upon A Time’s “Mad Hatter” character of Jefferson into his own series, with a catch: Sebastian Stan, who has played the role for several episodes already, will not be available, so they’d have to recast.
According to Deadline, this new Mad Hatter’s spin-off could come as part of a “backdoor pilot” episode of the regular series, much like The Vampire Diaries is doing with The Originals; or, a pilot presentation may end up being shot.
Personally speaking, spinning off from Once Upon A Time seems a little Jack Of Fables to me… and do we really need the Fables comparisons to come up again? How about this: Instead of recasting with the Mad Hatter, keep Sebastian Stan, and get him on a Winter Soldier TV series. You know you want it, and Marvel surely would too.