At this point, comic book writer Mark Millar could probably come up with a miniseries about a killer robot driving instructor that goes back in time for some reason, and still sell it to a movie studio. The Scottish author has sold the film rights to another one of his creator-owned hits, again to Twentieth Century Fox and his Kick-Ass/The Secret Service collaborator Matthew Vaughn. And which book will they be working on? The one that has a name that sounds like it has a lot to live-up to: Superior.
The deal was announced by The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that, at this point, Vaughn is only signed on to produce the movie. The nascent production is now shopping for a screenwriter to bring Millar’s seven-issue comic to film, and again it’s interesting to note that the project didn’t automatically go to Millar’s primary screenwriting collaborator Jane Goldman.
So what’s Superior about? It’s an interesting story, drawn by Leinil Francis Yu by the way, about a 12-year-old boy named Simon Pooni who suffers from multiple sclerosis. A fan of superheroes, he’s offered the chance by an alien monkey who can grant special people exactly one wish, to become his favorite hero, the Superman-esque Superior. There are strings attached, of course, but it’s a fascinating story with a lot of twists, and has the potential to be very cinematic under the right direction.
No word on a release date yet, but Superior now joins other Millar projects in development at Fox like the sci-fi Starlight, the super-villain tale Nemesis and the spy thriller The Secret Service , which is currently scheduled to hit theaters on October 24th from, yes, director Matthew Vaughn. Other films based on Millar-created comics include Wanted, Kick-Ass, and Kick-Ass 2.
We’ll have more news on this project as it develops. In the meantime, what do you think of Superior? Who do you think should direct? What’s more implausible: a powerful Superman-like hero or a wish-granting monkey? Sound off below.
Source: Coming Soon