There are a lot of comic book films out now, and even more on the horizon. But “comic book” wasn’t always a term that brought people flocking the theaters. Some films wanted to establish themselves as fantasy or sci-fi without being tied down to the term “comic book”. This left us with a treasure trove of movies that the general populous has no idea started out as comic books. Which franchises do you think are kicking themselves 10 years later? Here’s a quick list to improve your comic book cred and impress your friends with your in-depth comic-to-film knowledge.
We all saw the Press Release announcing Mark Millar‘s new position as Creative Consultant for 20th Century FOX‘s Marvel Movies yesterday, now we’ve got an update from the man himself, Mark Millar.
Who’s Mark Millar you say? You didn’t really say that did you, I must be using that as a transition to tell you about his work on KICK-ASS, WANTED, NEMISIS, and other comics and films. Millar took a moment to fill in fans using his website MillarWorld:
Dear Boys and Girls,
I’m just out of bed and hardly slept a wink. Weirdly, the baby slept right through and we could have had a clear eight hours, but I was still buzzing about the big announcement last night. It’s pretty much the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me so as you can imagine adrenaline is coursing. For those who missed, I’ve just signed a contract with Fox to work on ALL their Marvel movies, details of which can be seen here:
PRESS RELEASE: Mark Millar To Consult On FOX’s MARVEL ADAPTATIONS
It’s way too early to talk about plans just yet, but as you can imagine the idea here is to make exactly the kind of superhero movies you and I want to see most. There literally isn’t a more talented bunch of film-makers to be working with and the team at Fox are incredibly excited about this bold new direction too. I also want to post this here to say thanks for the hundreds of emails I woke up to this morning and the thousand-plus tweets I got overnight from well-wishers. I wish I had time to reply to them all today – I usually reply to most of my tweets @mrmarkmillar – but this morning was an AVALANCHE and so I just wanted to so a big thanks, that I’ve read every one and that they’re hugely appreciated. A highlight, I think, was well-wishes from Stan The Man himself. That’s like the Pope sending a message. Couldn’t have been more exciting.
But my biggest thanks has to go to director Joe Carnahan, I think. It was Joe who suggested me to the bigwigs at Fox for this role as he’s always been a supporter of what I did in comics like The Ultimates and so on. He and Matthew Vaughn – both of whom have a very strong relationship with Fox – really pushed for me to get this gig and I just want to publicly thank them both for their support.
Right, better get my Scottish ass showered, dressed and onto work. Kick-Ass 2 resumes shooting here on Monday and I’m on set the week after next, but a TON of stuff to get written before I can get down to Pinewood. Finished issue 2 of Jupiter’s Children yesterday for Mister Frank Quitely and issue one of Kick-Ass 3 is now in the can too. Oh, and thanks to everyone who picked up Hit-Girl #3 this week. We sold out by yesterday afternoon and will be going back to press on this and with the FOURTH printing of issue one. Thanks again for spending your hard-earned cash on these Millarworld books and keeping it away from the Romney campaign!
Right. Work. Catch you all later and I promise you are in for an awesome few years. If you’re on this board you know how much I’m INTO this stuff.
It looks like the major studio executives have finally gotten it through their thick skulls to hire creators that are fans of the comic media themselves to help construct fan – faithful films.
The really good news about this announcement? Millar is a huge self promoter and fans can bet good money that we’ll all benefit from Millar’s propensity to keep the information flowing to build excitement in the fan base.
Timur Bekmambetov is working his way through the press junket surrounding the release of his latest movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hitting theaters this week. The Playlist asked Bekmambetov about Wanted and the possibility of a sequel.
“An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago. Because we stopped, we didn’t know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we’re on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking.”
No plot details, but he did go on to drop a hint of what direction the movie will be taking.
“It’s a continuation of the story, with Wesley Gibson. Other people are dead, you know, we can’t bring them back. The story is the same character, same mythology, but it’s got a great twist.”
Let’s hear your thoughts on a Wanted sequel and or plot ideas in the comments section below.
Honest Abe was no stranger to the axe, he probably used one everyday for a number of years in his early teens. This NerdBastard has been on the fence about these historical/fictional/monster/mashups and haven’t been able to make myself sit down with one and give it a try. (That’s from a guy that reads about 4 to 6 new books a month.)
So I am not gonna say anything except that I didn’t have high hopes for this movie, dreading some tongue in cheek, horrible dialogue and goofy fight scenes. Seeing this picture though has changed my mind. (I just called and had a copy held at the local bookstore.) Maybe this will be handled with some class, just think about what Lincoln went through with the loss of his child to disease, the crushing responsibility of the war.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted)
Benjamin Walker as Lincoln
Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) as Lincoln’s mentor
Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as Will, Lincoln’s best friend
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgim VS The World) is Mary Todd
Andy Tudyk (Firefly) as Stephen A. Douglas
The film is scheduled for 3D theatrical release on June 22nd, 2012.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a re-imagining of the 16th President’s life that depicts him as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires — an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Lincoln eventually learns that the vampires have fled to the southern states of the U.S. and are concocting a plan to conquer and enslave the entire country — this in turn leads to the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy, the latter of which the vampires are aligned with.
Derek Haas tweeted that Universal Pictures has hired Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, the screenwriters from the first Wanted film, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and 3:10 to Yuma. A script for the sequel had already been written, but Angelina Jolie passed on the project, so they had to take on the material to a new direction. There have not been any rumors on who might direct, but Haas was quoted by The Wrap saying:
“Wanted 2” is “going to take off after the events of what just happened,” Haas said. “Pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round.”