Gary Whitta to Adapt Mark Millar’s STARLIGHT After He Wraps up STAR WARS Script

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Gary Whitta is on what you’d call a roll lately.  After being hired to write one of the upcoming Star Wars standalone films (to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards), it was announced today that he’d be adapting Mark Millar‘s graphic novel Starlight for Twentieth Century Fox.  The comic, written by Millar and illustrated by Goran Parlov, hit stores in March under the Image comics banner and is intended to be a six-part miniseries (issue number five arrived last month).  Millar has called the material a mash-up of Flash Gordon and The Dark Knight Returns.

We already knew that Fox was tackling the project and that Simon Kinberg, the comic gatekeeper over there, would be producing.  But Whitta’s hire is significant in that he’s highly in demand and his involvement signals faith in the material all around.  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Talk KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, Matthew Vaughn, Comics vs. Film, WATCHMEN, Future Projects, and More

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One of my most anticipated movies is director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The story is based on the comic by written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons about a veteran secret agent (Colin Firth) who takes a teen delinquent (Taron Egerton) from the streets of London, and brings him into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types.  As a huge fan of what Vaughn did with X-Men: First Class and how awesome the first trailer looks, I cannot wait to see the finished film when it opens February 13, 2015.  For more on the film, here’s our Comic-Con panel recap and our interview with Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson

Shortly before their panel at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.   They talked about working with Vaughn, the way he likes to do action, how Kingsman brings back the fun espionage genre, how comics and film are two separate entities with their own identities, the way they worked together, the limited edition Watchmen comic created for SDCC, future projects like Nemesis, Supercrooks and Kindergarten Heroes at Fox and Starlight which is being developed with Simon Kinberg, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Comic-Con Panel Recap: Samuel L. Jackson Plays Eccentric Villain to Colin Firth’s Super Spy in a Colorful Bond Riff

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The last time director Matthew Vaughn adapted a Mark Millar comic, he gave us Kick-Ass.  Now the two are back together for another interesting-looking comic adaptation by way of Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The pic is a twist on the spy genre, as Colin Firth plays a veteran agent of the secretive Kingsman who is tasked with training a young prospect, played by Taron Egerton.  20th Century Fox presented some incredibly promising footage from the film during its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this Friday, giving audiences a taste of Firth’s prowess as a deadly-yet-fancy super spy and Samuel L. Jackson’s delightfully eccentric supervillain.

Hit the jump to read my Kingsman: The Secret Service Comic-Con panel recap.

Fox Developing Adaptation of Mark Millar’s SUPERIOR; Matthew Vaughn to Produce

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Comics writer Mark Millar is no stranger to having his material adapted for the big screen, and yet another one of his creations has now been pegged for the feature film treatment.  20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to Millar’s 2010 limited series Superior, which revolves around a young boy stricken with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey: to become a Superman-like superhero named Superior.  Problems arise when the boy learns that the monkey is no alien at all, but is instead a demon who demands the boy’s soul in return for his transformation, lest his wish be undone and he return to his original form.

Hit the jump for more on the potential Superior movie, which has a familiar face onboard as producer.

20th Century Fox Eyes Mark Millar’s Space Fantasy Comic STARLIGHT for Movie Adaptation

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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.

Fox to Adapt Mark Millar’s KINDERGARTEN HEROES as Live-Action Movie and Possible Franchise

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Mark Millar might be best known for bringing the ultra-violent superhero franchise Kick-Ass to the big screen in two feature films, but a new kid-friendly adaptation from the writer is also in the works.  20th Century Fox will produce a live-action feature based on Millar’s upcoming superhero comic, Kindergarten Heroes.  The studio has set Carter Blanchard to pen the script for the first film in what is hoped to be a family-friendly franchise.  The maturity rating is a bit different from what Millar is used to, having turned the R-rated properties of Kick-Ass and Wanted into film franchises, but the new project will continue his superheroic trend.  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Millar Says 20th Century Fox’s THE FANTASTIC FOUR and X-MEN Will “Without Question” Share the Same Universe

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Movie studios have a tough time understanding quality, but they have no issue with quantity.  They look at The Avengers and don’t see a well-told story full of sharp writing and interesting characters.  They see a bunch of superheroes who have crossed over into one gigantic movie.  Warner Bros. is making steps towards Justice League by crossing over Batman and Superman, Sony Pictures is working towards getting Sinister Six into The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and 20th Century Fox already has superhero teams with The Fantastic Four and X-Men.  But it’s apparently not enough to simply have pre-made teams.  For Fox’s creative consultant Mark Millar, those teams then need to interact.

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Mark Millar Talks KICK-ASS 2, His Role at 20th Century Fox, Future Projects, and More

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While at Comic-Con last weekend, I sat down with Mark Millar for an exclusive video interview.  We talked about what he’s most excited for fans to see in Kick-Ass 2 (with a special nod to each of the film’s lead actors), seeing Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz) dealing with high school drama as an outsider, how long it took to get the sequel made, leaving Marvel, his role at 20th Century Fox and how the studio is building up towards something big—Millar says that Fox has 5-10 “gold franchises” with their comic properties, especially the X-Men and the related universe.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Poster KICK-ASS 2; Jim Carrey Declines to Promote the Film Because of Sandy Hook Shootings

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Lionsgate has released a new poster for Kick-Ass 2, but the bigger news is that Jim Carrey has decided not to promote the film because “in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.”  Carrey explained in his tweet that he did the film one month before the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  He followed this up with a second tweet saying, “my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”  I respect Carrey for sticking to his beliefs.  Three months after the shooting, Carrey released a video on Funny or Die mocking gun owners, and if he had done press for Kick-Ass 2, the question would have come up about why he condemned guns but was out promoting a film where characters, including his own, use them.  Personally, I believe movies aren’t the reason for gun violence; lack of gun control is the reason for gun violence (it’s why countries that have gun control have far fewer gun deaths per capita even though they consume the same media as us).  Carrey typically doesn’t do action movies, so this move probably won’t hurt his career, but I’m glad that he’s mindful enough to realize that he can’t promote a film that may not celebrate gun violence, but still features it in an entertainment capacity.

Hit the jump to check out the poster as well as a response to Carrey’s comments from Kick-Ass 2 author Mark Millar.  The film opens on August 16th.

Matthew Vaughn to Direct Adaptation of Mark Millar’s THE SECRET SERVICE for November 14, 2014 Release

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Matthew Vaughn has finally settled on his next project.  After passing on the sequel to X-Men: First Class and being in the running for Star Wars: Episode VII, Vaughn is set to helm an adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic The Secret Service, which the director began developing back in 2011.  According to Deadline, “The drama closely follows the comic, about a veteran secret agent who leads a young protege into the shadowy business.”  Vaughn has reportedly completed the script with writing partner Jane Goldman. As we saw with Kick-Ass, Vaughn and Goldman have had success in turning Millar’s sub-par writing into an above average movie.

Fox has picked up the worldwide distribution rights, and filming is already set for August with the studio eyeing a 2014 release date.  I’ve enjoyed all of Vaughn’s films, and as long as his movie doesn’t revolve around saving the White House, I’ll be interested to see what he has planned. [Update: Fox has now announced that The Secret Service will hit theaters on November 14, 2014]

Chris O’Dowd Cameos in THOR: THE DARK WORLD; Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Duel in KICK-ASS 2

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While the action cast is set for both Thor: The Dark World and Kick-Ass 2, the comic book movie sequels will be getting additional comedic cameos.  Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires) recently revealed that he will be doing a small part in Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World and it appears to be opposite star Natalie Portman, who is reprising her role from the first film.  While O’Dowd likely won’t be donning a cape or cowl, Kick-Ass comics writer Mark Millar and illustrator John Romita, Jr. will be in full regalia in a fight between good and evil in Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2.

Hit the jump for what O’Dowd had to say about his scene and for more images of Millar and JRJR. 

Matthew Vaughn to Produce Josh Trank’s FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

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Though Matthew Vaughn was previously set to direct the X-Men: First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past only to step down and let Bryan Singer take the helm instead, it looks like he might be involved with another upcoming 20th Century Fox superhero property.  Vaughn remains a producer on Days of Future Past, and now proverbial Chatty Cathy Mark Millar has revealed that Vaughn will also be producing Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, which will be directed by Chronicle helmer Josh Trank.  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Millar Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Says Sentinels Are a “Big Feature” of This Story

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In the past, we’ve been forced to take reports from comic book writer Mark Millar with a grain of salt.  He has a nasty habit of taking development matters that are in flux, and then declaring them as fact.  However, now that he’s a creative consultant on Fox’s Marvel properties, his insider info carries a little more weight.  In a recent interview with SFX magazine, Millar commented on Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the role of the Sentinels, what Kitty Pryde fans can expect, and more.

Hit the jump for Millar’s comments on the upcoming sequel.  The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Hugh Jackman.   X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014.

FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Will Include “Stuff You Haven’t Seen in a Superhero Movie Before”

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As we look forward to a number of superhero films hitting theaters this year, there’s also plenty by way of costumed characters heading our way in 2014 and 2015 as well.  One such anticipated property is 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four.  The studio tapped Chronicle director Josh Trank to take the helm, and the project was recently given a March 2015 release date.  As comics guru Mark Millar was just hired on at Fox as their creative consultant on all things Marvel, the talkative creative has been privy to all the in-the-works projects, including Fantastic Four.  Now Millar has spoken up a bit about the reboot, teasing what fans can expect from Trank’s iteration of the characters.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Mark Millar Gives KICK-ASS 2 Updates; Comments on Matthew Vaughn Possibly Directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Comics creator/Fox consultant Mark Millar likes to talk.  With production currently underway on the adaptation of his comic Kick-Ass 2, Millar has been sharing updates and reports from the set for fans.  He doesn’t exactly have the most objective opinion, but he recently took to the interwebs to talk about seeing some edited footage and the evolution of Hit-Girl in the follow-up now that star Chloe Moretz is three years older.  He also noted that the first 45 minutes of the film will focus mainly on Hit-Girl.

Moreover, with us breaking the recent news that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn may be in talks to land the highly coveted Star Wars: Episode VII directing gig, Millar chimed in with his thoughts on that prospect.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say. 

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