For Mark Millar, the movie deals just keep coming.
Ever since the adaptation of his comic Wanted hit the big screen in 2008, Millar's had a steady stream of comic book adaptations either produced or put in development, many of them in the care of producer/writer/director Matthew Vaughn, who adapted Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Kick-Ass in 2010, produced its 2013 sequel, and just produced, directed and co-wrote an adaptation of Millar and Dave Gibbons' The Secret Service, which is set to hit theaters in October. Now, Vaughn's bringing Superior, a seven-issue limited superhero series by Millar and Leinil Francis Yu, to the screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twentieth Century Fox just picked up the Superior adaptation, with Vaughn serving as producer. The search for a writer is now underway. Superior, published between 2010 and 2012 under Marvel's creator-owned imprint, Icon, is the story of Simon Pooni, a formerly athletic 12-year-old boy who grows angry and bitter after losing the use of his legs to multiple sclerosis. As an escape, he turns to superhero stories, and when a strange alien monkey appears to him and grants him one wish, he asks to be transformed into his favorite superhero: A Superman analogue known as Superior. His wish is granted, but of course, there's a catch...if he wants to keep his powers, he has to sell his soul.
The project is the latest in a string of Millar-written comics in development at Fox. The studio's already got adaptations of Starlight, Nemesis and Kindergarten Heroes in the works, and Millar's also working as a consultant at the studio to help shepherd their upcoming slate of Fantastic Four and X-Men films. In a post on his Millarworld forum, Millar discussed the Superior deal, as well as his ongoing work at Fox.
"Millarworld's building quite a little home at Fox. Universal has the rights to three Millarworld properties and we have some interesting news in the next couple of weeks about another. But Fox now has a mighty five Millarworld books in various stages of development...," Millar said. "The kind of talent Fox attaches is impressive these days. From Jim Mangold to [Bryan] Singer to Josh Trank on the Marvel movies has been pretty amazing and I'm delighted with the kind of people they're attaching to the Millarworld books. They're genuinely nice people to work with and I'm more excited than anyone to see this all coming together."
So, if you're a big fan of Millar's work, the next few years could be a very fun time for you at the movies.