Saturday, 29 September 2012

Mark Millar to advise 20th Century Fox on X-Men and Fantastic Four films

Originally posted on The Geek Files - 28 September 2012 | Written by

This is exciting news indeed; Fox may actually now produce some decent superhero adaptations.

mark-millar-newpic1.jpgSIGNALLING its intention to take superhero adaptations seriously and ensure respect to the source material, Twentieth Century Fox has brought on Mark Millar as a creative consultant for the Marvel Comics properties it owns.

Scottish comic book scribe Millar is the man behind Kick-Ass and Wanted - both of which have already been turned into feature films, while a Kick-Ass sequel is now in production.

He has also written Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, The Ultimates (a modern reimagining of Avengers that inspired some of Marvel Studios' Avengers movie and was described by Time as the best comic series in a decade) and Wolverine titles including Old Man Logan, which was set 50 years in the future. He's also the writer of Civil War, Marvel's biggest-selling series of the past 15 years.

Although he may not have the household recognition of Joss Whedon (who was appointed to a similar creative role at Marvel Studios after steering its Avengers to $1.5billion), Millar's credits put him in a very good position to advise Fox on its franchises. The studio is also developing an adaptation of his newer work Nemesis, about a terrorist supervillain.
In a press statement, 20th Century Fox said Millar would work with the studion "on developing new avenues for its X-Men and Fantastic Four tentpoles."

ultimate-x-men-trade-paperback-1.jpgFox production president Emma Watts said: "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."

On the studio's slate is The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold; X-Men: Days of Future Past, helmed by Matthew Vaughn; and a reboot of Fantastic Four to be directed by Chronicle's Josh Trank.

Millar said: "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.

"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."