20th Century Fox is atop a short list of movie studios looking to adapt Mark Millar’s upcoming comic book, a space fantasy adventure titled Starlight. Intended to be a six-part miniseries, Starlight is described as a mash-up of Flash Gordon and The Dark Knight Returns, as it centers on a space hero returning to Earth to settle down, but is called into action when his old spaceship shows up. The comic, written by Millar and illustrated by Goran Parlov, will show up in stores next March under the Image comics banner. Hit the jump for more on its potential movie adaptation.
News of Fox looking to acquire the rights of Starlight comes courtesy of Latino Review. The report also has Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) on board the project as a producer, and as part of Kinberg’s recent deal with the studio, he’s also signed on to adapt the property. As Heat Vision reports, Kinberg is currently producing another of Millar’s projects in Kindergarten Heroes, which has Carter Blanchard attached to pen the adaptation. Kinberg is busy expanding Fox’s X-Men universe and handling revisions of the studio’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot (in addition to a remake of Murder on the Orient Express), so it will be interesting to see if there’s more Kinberg-Millar collaboration to be found in the near future.
Another of Millar’s comic book properties set up at Fox is the action-thriller The Secret Service. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass), the picture stars Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) as a veteran secret service agent who takes a young upstart under his wing.