Mark Millar has proven that his concepts can be of incredible value to Hollywood. Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Wanted among them. Writer/producer Chris Morgan penned the latter film (along with five of the insanely successful and, in my estimation, incredibly fun Fast & Furious movies) and will team with Millar again on bringing Chrononauts to the screen. Per Deadline, Morgan will produce the film for Universal under the Chris Morgan Productions banner. No word yet on any directors or if Morgan will write the script.
Chrononauts was written by Millar and illustrated by Sean Murphy. Here’s the official synopsis for the comic, the first issue of which hits next week:
Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two red-blooded American guys who also happen to be scientific geniuses. With the whole world watching, they embark on the world’s first time-travel experiment. But when their planned routine goes off-course, they’re left to fend for themselves – leading to an era-hopping adventure! From ancient Rome to the roaring twenties to the 1980s music scene, Corbin and Danny wreak havoc with the time stream, score front-row seats to the world’s wildest events, and get into hijinks with history’s scariest villains. But is it worth the price, when they have unresolved problems to address back home in the present day – and a team of angry bosses ready to do whatever it takes to rein them in? This story unites the talents of writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and artist Sean Gordon Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus) – two powerhouse figures in the comics world, whose combined forces must be seen to be believed.
I can definitely see why this sold. It’s a good concept that, knowing Millar, will be decidedly more twisted than Bill & Ted.