As FOX studios reworks it’s remaining Marvel Comic properties for the big screen, it looks like they have brought in someone with a little experience with comic books to help out. 20th Century Fox announced today they will have Mark Millar on board to serve as a ‘creative consultant’ as they move forward.
LOS ANGELES, CA. – September 27, 2012…. Marking an expanded commitment to some of its most important franchises, Twentieth Century Fox has brought on comics superstar Mark Millar to serve as a creative consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties.
Commented TCF production president Emma Watts: “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.”
Upcoming for the studio is The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, directed by James Mangold; X-Men: Days Of Future Past, helmed by Matthew Vaughn; and a reboot of Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle).
Well, this is a bit of a development isn’t it. FOX has been lackluster at best when it comes to making Marvel movies. Now they bring the guy who wrote The Ultimates and Civil War, a dude with a self admitted life long obsession with comic books, to over see future of their remaining franchises. Is this a case of studio execs making the a smart and obvious choice? I need to sit down for a minute.
Love or hate what Millar has done on the page or the screen, you have to admit that getting someone who is in fact a comic book nerd to make movies for comic book nerds is a wise choice.
Will Millar create a cinematic universe capable of rivaling the Joss Whedon/Disney/Marvel Studios machine? Does DC/Warner Bros. have any clue what they are doing? (seriously, I have been saying for months DC should find a comic nerd to run the show… do they listen? NO!) It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this.