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Universal is Adapting Mark Millar’s Chrononauts Into a Feature Film

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Mark Millar is no stranger to having his comic books adapted into feature films. So, it is no surprise that yet another of his works is making the way to the silver screen and they have picked quite an exciting comic book to make the jump. “Chrononauts” has been announced for adaptation courtesy of Universal.

“Chrononauts” follows two friends, Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, who will mess with the theoretical science of time travel during the 1960s race to space. After discovering the ability to mess with time travel, the two buddies must decide how to use the new technology. They can either help mankind or explore the advantages to their own selfish end. The story will show the consequences of messing with such technological capabilities.

Millar is most known in the movie world for the adaptation “Sin City” but the films “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Kingsman” were all based on his comic book series as well.

There is currently no word on when Universal is planning to begin production on “Chrononauts” but it is expected to move without delay given the hot commodity that time travel films are currently. They also haven’t revealed whether Millar will be involved with film development.

20th Century Fox Eyes Mark Millar’s Starlight

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“Starlight” the newest title announced by Image Comics is heading to the big screen. The comic was created by Mark Millar and Goran Parlov. Currently, it is rumored that Simon Kinberg is attached to write the screenplay. There is  no other talented attached to the project at the moment.

The first issue of “Starlight” will hit stands in March with the following official description:

So much for retirement! Meet Duke McQueen, a man who has long since settled down and left his days of saving the Universe and operating as the space hero everyone depended on—at least that’s what he thought. His wife long passed and his kids off embarking on their own adventures, Duke lives a quiet, solitary life until he receives an unexpected call from a distant world, calling him to action one last time.

Kinberg previously worked on scripts for other popular comic adaptations such as X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class and his upcoming credits include X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Fantastic Four.

Millar is also familiar with the world of comic book adaptations. Several of his original comic book properties are in various stages of stop-and-start development as well, including The Secret ServiceNemesis, and Superior.

The Secret Service Adaptation May Add Colin Firth

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Coling Firth is currently in talks to join and star in the  big screen adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book series, “The Secret Service.” Matthew Vaughn, who also adapted the Millar comic series “Kick-Ass” has co-written the screenplay with Jane Goldman and will also direct and produce the project through his MARV Films banner. Continue reading

Mark Millar Wants Bradley Cooper for ‘Supercrooks’

Marvel’s man Millar wants Bradley Cooper? That’s right! First we hear that 20th Century Fox hired the comic book writer behind The Authority, Wanted and Kick-Ass as their creative consultant for all the upcoming Marvel Comics-themed projects, then we discover the first look at the Kick-Ass sequel official synopsis, and now we discover that the man with the plan wants to adapt Supercrooks with our very own “Face” from 20120’s The A-Team.

Kick-Ass and Wanted are just the beginning of the Millar-pocalypse! Millar wants to deliver movies for at least three more of his MillarWorld comics. Apparently the interwebs are all a-buzz with new news concerning an adaptation of his comic, Supercrooks.

Not familiar with that one? Well, Supercrooks, is an Icon Comics title, like Kick-Ass. There are four issues, which Millar wrote with the very talented artist, Mr. Leinil Francis Yu.

Millar has a chosen a director for the project, but hasn’t named him as of yet and there is already a screenplay, which means, half the preliminary work seems to be done! Millar really hopes this project will be in full production mode as soon as Christmastime. And if you’ve been to a department store lately, then you know Santa’s already on his way.

What really has the buzz going is Millar’s name dropping. What’s on his Christmas list this year? He wants Bradley Cooper to star as Johnny Bolt. I hope you are listening, Mr. Cooper.

I am literally calling up his guys tomorrow and want to secure him as Johnny Bolt.” says Millar “It’s about TIME he did a super-movie and having him as a likeable super-villain in a super-heist flick sounds about perfect. He’s our ideal choice and we’re going to pursue this properly tomorrow once I’m done with our Kick-Ass 2 business for the day.”

You’ve got me sold, Mr. Millar! By the by, did we mention three MillarWorld comics would be coming to a theater near you, besides the ones you already know? Well, Supercrooks isn’t one of those three! So this will be kind of like a treasure hunt as we wait for the names to be dropped of the other three.

And here’s what you’ve really been waiting for. What the heck is Supercrooks about?

When the market is flooded with competition and the authorities are always on your tail, what’s an all-American super villain to do? Go to Spain, of course! Johnny Bolt convinces his villainous pals to pull off one last heist but will culture shock get to them before the policia do? And when Johnny’s target is revealed as the greatest super villain of all time, things go horribly wrong – but it’s too late to turn back. A massive secret in the American superhero community might just work in their favor, and if the Supercrooks can survive, it will mean an enormous payday!

Sounds like a rip-roaring good time to me! If you are wondering, yes, Cooper does look a tad bit like Yu’s illustrations of Johnny Bolt.

Kick-Ass 2 is coming June 28th, 2013.

Right now Cooper is wowing in Silver Linings Playbook opposite Hunger Games star, Jennifer Lawrence.

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Fox Hires Creative Consultant Mark Millar for Marvel Films

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When you are Mark Millar, a down economy and general lack of jobs isn’t really a problem. 20th Century Fox has just officially hired the comic book writer behind such books as The Authority, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Civil War, Wanted, and Kick-Ass, as their new creative consultant for upcoming Marvel projects. That’s good news for comic book movie fans.

Millar’s first assignments will be to work with Fox on developing “new avenues” for The X-Men and The Fantastic Four.

Production President Emma Watts reported, “We are excited to be working with Mark. In addition to his groundbreaking Marvel work, he is simply one of the most original voices in comics today and will be an invaluable resource to us and to our filmmakers as we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe.”

Current upcoming films for the studio are The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of the Future Past, and a new Fantastic Four reboot. If you thought comic book movies were losing steam, you may want to reconsider.

The Wolverine stalled for a while with bad weather in Japan, but it seems like things are now full steam ahead for the Hugh Jackman starrer, being directed by James Mangold.

As for X-Men: Days of the Future Past, this is the title of the uber exciting new sequel to X-Men: First Class. i can’t tell you how ground breaking this film may be, as the young Xavier and his team see what their dark futures may hold. Matthew Vaughn is still at the helm on that project.

Now, it has been some time since Fantastic Four made a cinematic peep, but when newcomer Josh Trank made waves with his film, Chronicle, Fox promised him a shot at a reboot and they are making good on that promise.

The following statement was a part of Millar’s response to his new post.

As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both,” stated Millar. “I spent ten years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with Chronicle. The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.”

Millar’s newest titles are The Secret Service, Superior, and Nemesis. Nemesis is already being looked at as a new adaptation for Fox. Kick-Ass 2 is currently shooting in London and Toronto, starring Jim Carrey and Chris Mintz-Plasse. Yes, you read that right. Jim Carrey is involved. Universal wants to develop the War Heroes series with Mike DeLuca as a producer. The Secret Service, which was co-created with Watchmen genius Dave Gibbons, and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn, is also in development. See, it is very good to be Mark Millar. 20th Century Fox Film is of course one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures. They’ll make a fine pair.

Kick-Ass 2 Moving Forward With New Director

Universal Pictures is in talks to make Kick-Ass 2, with Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf) directing his own screenplay. Mark Millar is also expected to write for the sequel, according to IMDb.com.

Kick-Ass, released in 2010, was based on the graphic novel of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. The first installment was directed by Matthew Vaughn. It made $28 million and grossed $48.1 million domestic and $103 million worldwide.

The previous director, Vaughn, cannot direct the sequel because he is committed to a follow-up to X-Men: First Class, but is fully supportive of the change, according to Deadline.com.

IMDB lists the sequel as Kick-Ass 2: Balls 2 the Wall. The comic book sequel also listed it as their working title before becoming simply, “Kick-Ass 2.”

It is not yet known whether original cast members Aaron Johnson (Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass), Chloe Moretz (Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Chris D’Amico/Red Mist) will reprise their roles. Although they have all expressed interest in continuing the series.

No other details have been released.

For those interested in catching up before the sequel, the official plot synopsis of the original book follows.

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Dreamed of donning a mask and just heading outside to kick some ass? Well, this is the book for you – the comic that starts where other superhero books draw the line. Kick-Ass is realistic superheroes taken to the next level. Miss out and you’re an idiot! Wolverine: Enemy of the State’s team of Mark Millar (Civil War) and John Romita Jr. (World War Hulk) reunite for the best new book of the 21st century. This title collects Kick-Ass numbered 1-8.”

And the synopsis for Kick-Ass 2:

KICK-ASS is back, just as over-the-top as ever! As everybody’s favorite psychotic 11-year-old HIT GIRL trains KICK-ASS to be…well, a bad-ass, RED MIST gathers a team of super-villains to take them down! It’s super hero mayhem as only MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA JR. can bring you!”

Both books are available at Amazon.com.