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The 2008 movie Wanted was a good, solid hit for Universal Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov. So much so that pretty much ever since, there's been chatter about a possible sequel. A sequel that, you've probably noticed, hasn't materialised.
In truth, we'd assumed that Wanted 2 was a dead project. The last we heard on it was a couple of years ago, and it just seemed like the film had missed its moment. Yet director Bekmambetov is still keen to move things forward.
In a new chat with Collider, he revealed that "for my part, I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I've seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there »
Flash Gordon has had surprisingly long run of big screen success. There was Mike Hodges’ brilliant, overblown 1980 movie, complete with excellent overacting and more kitsch costumes and hair-dos than anything this side of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Long before that, there were serials, the first of which proved incredibly popular in 1936 and became a protected motion picture under the auspices the Us Library of Congress in 1996.
But comic book movies are so insanely big right now that I’m not even the tiniest bit surprised that another reboot is on the cards. Indeed, it feels more like a case of “What kept you?”
- Brendon Connelly
Zeb Larson reviews Chrononauts #2…
Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly have become the world’s first time travelers—but not all goes according to plan when the two go rogue in their own era-hopping adventure! With the world watching, the buddies get mixed up in an eon’s worth of sticky situations while some of history’s scariest villains—and their bosses back in the present day—are determined to track them down!
In Mark Millar fashion, Chrononauts went overboard with its premise in glorious fashion. This will probably be the dividing point for readers of this series. For some, the logical inconsistencies in the story may overwhelm a reader’s faith in the narrative, but others will revel in how over-the-top the action is. I will be discussing spoilers ahead, so read on at your own discretion.
Danny is abruptly saved by the residents of Samarkand, who all appear to »
- Zeb Larson
At last report two years ago, Universal was said to be waiting for the right story to come along before proceeding with the sequel. This week, Collider spoke with Bekmambetov himself who revealed that said story is apparently ready and now it's up to the studio:
"For my part I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I’ve seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there are a lot of people waiting for the second part of the story we’ve made in 2008.
Unfortunately, Universal is still thinking about the possible dates of the pre-production start. I know that the movie should be released, »
- Garth Franklin
It's been more than two years since we last heard about Wanted 2, the long-gestating sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic Wanted. The 2008 film, which was most notable for it's over-the-top style and casual disregard of physics, followed Wesley (James McAvoy), a timid and frustrated man stuck in a cubicle who discovers he's the progeny of a legendary hitman in league with a clan of superhuman assassins (Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Common, Konstantin Khabenskiy) called the Fraternity. Back in 2013, McAvoy said that Universal was "doing the right thing" by waiting for the right story before moving forward with the sequel. According to Bekmambetov, that story is ready. [caption id="attachment_443023" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal[/caption] Yesterday, our contributor Elizaveta Chalenko spoke with the director about the prospect of Wanted 2, and he's definitely still up for it. Not only is he still interested in making the sequel, he's got »
- Haleigh Foutch
Following the arrival of Kingsman: The Secret Service earlier this year, comic writer Mark Millar also had his time traveling adventure comic book series Chrononauts picked up for a feature film. And now yet another of Millar's titles will be heading to the big screen. THR reports the sci-fi comic Jupiter's Legacy will head to the big screen as Millar has decided to team with Transformers and G.I. Joe franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to adapt the comic into a feature film. And as with pretty much all of the comic writer's properties, the idea sounds pretty damn fantastic, focusing on the lazy offspring of superheroes. The story follows the next generation of superheroes who simply haven't lived up to the standards created by their iconic parents, who obtained their superpowers in the 1920s after they discovered a mysterious island. Millar described the comic last year, "We have the »
- Ethan Anderton
Mark Millar's Jupiter's Legacy is being adapted for film.
It centres around the children of a group of superheroes who received their powers in the 1920s after discovering a mysterious island.
The comic follows the antics of their offspring, who fail to live up to their heroic legacies.
A prequel spinoff, Jupiter's Circle, debuted this week with art by Wilfredo Torres.
"What appealed to me was the emotional weight of the family dynamic in Shakespearean fashion," said di Bonaventura. "It is also unique in a world where there are many similar superhero movies and IP."
Di Bonaventura is also developing Millar and Duncan Fegredo's Mph into a movie. »
Another week, another Mark Millar property being turned into a movie. Fresh off the huge success of Kingsman: The Secret Service, the comic book writer behind Kick-Ass, Wanted and Nemesis has teamed with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to work on a movie version of Jupiter’s Legacy. Not to be confused with Jupiter Ascending, the just-finished series centers […]
- Germain Lussier
Comic book writer Mark Millar is set to team with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for an adaptation of his and artist Frank Quitely’s superhero tale Jupiter’s Legacy, with meetings currently underway with potential writers for the movie version.
Here’s the synopsis for the first volume of the book, published by Image Comics:
1932: Sheldon Sampson’s dreams about a mysterious source of power lead him, his brother Walter, and a group of loyal followers on a quest around the world. What they discover sets them on a course that will wrench a family apart and alter the world’s political stage! Decades after their journey, Sheldon and Walter are superpowered legends, world renowned for their heroism. But the offspring trained to live in their image have fallen desperately short. Rocked by one public scandal after another, Chloe and her brother Brandon are a dishonor to the generation before them. »
- Gary Collinson
By this stage in the game, Mark Millar has certainly developed a knack for teeing up projects with various studios. Fresh off his work on Kingsman: The Secret Service, the esteemed comic writer has now signed a deal with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to bring Jupiter Legacy to the silver screen.
ere’s a brief synopsis of the ambitious project:
The children of the world’s greatest superheroes may never be able to fill their parents’ shoes. When the family becomes embattled by infighting, one branch stages an uprising and another goes into hiding. How long can the world survive when one family’s super-powered problems explode onto the global stage?
With a story that spans generations, Jupiter Legacy could be that »
- James Garcia
With Kingsman: The Secret Service becoming a huge hit at the box office, it’s perhaps not surprising that producers would be looking to turn more of Kick-Ass man Mark Millar’s work into films. Not that they needed much encouragement in the first place... Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is already developing the writer’s Mph for the screen, has persuaded him to make a deal to add Jupiter’s Legacy to the list of potential films. Legacy, the Image Comics title co-created by Millar and artist Frank Quitely with colours and lettering from Peter Doherty, explores the generational conflict between a group of aging superheroes who gained their powers in the 1930s from a mysterious island and used them for the good of mankind, and their children, who have largely struggled with living up to the legacy of their parents. The kids have largely become vacuous celebri-types, better known »
Sneak Peek the origins of Marvel Comics' super-villain 'Ragnarok', appearing in Marvel Studios' next "Thor" solo movie "Thor: Ragnarok", that will lead into both "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" and "Captain America: Civil War":
"...when 'Thor' was missing in action, presumed dead, 'Tony Stark' took one of his hairs, which he had retained from the first meeting of the 'Avengers' and cloned the 'Asgardian' DNA with Stark technology. This resulted in the creation of a new, cyborg Thor.
"Ragnarok has all the powers and knowledge of Thor including super-strength, extensive combat knowledge, stamina, high resistance to physical injury, immunity to Earthly diseases, superhuman agility and reflexes.
"Ragnarok's hammer, though not the enchanted 'Mjolnir', is constructed of a 'vibranium' and 'adamantium' alloy, able to absorb and discharge lightning, »
- Michael Stevens
Hollywood and audiences alike have benefited from the works of Mark Millar's graphic novels, with Wanted, Kick-ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service becoming successful feature films. It looks like we're not slowing down on the Millar adaptations just yet as one of his more recent works, Jupiter's Legacy, is looking to get the feature-film treatment. Co-created with Frank Quitely, Legacy explores the generational conflict of a group of aging superheroes and their »
- Sean Wist
Frank Quitely co-created the work which offers a multigenerational look at the offspring of superheroes who haven't lived up to the standards of their parents. Said parents first got their powers in the 1920s after the discovery of a mysterious island.
Meetings are reportedly underway with writers to adapt the material which is considered one of the author's best works, and one he's been reluctant to see adapted until now.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Marvel is set to bring the curtain on the Fantastic Four this month with the release of Fantastic Four #645, the oversized final issue of the iconic comic book series, and we have a first look preview for you right here…
James Robinson and Leonard Kirk are joined by a murderers row of fantastic talent to give the First Family the grandest sendoff of them all!
Will the Fantastic Four defeat the Quiet Man and the corrupted forces of the Heroes Reborn universe? Will Johnny Storm get his powers back? Will Reed and Sue be a family again or will it all be torn asunder? Questions will be answered in this main feature story!
Then, special guests bring you four brand new stories featuring Marvel’s quintessential quartet! With heartfelt tales from Karl Kesel, Louise Simonson, Tom DeFalco and Jeff Parker and art by David Marquez, Joe Bennett, Tom Grummet and »
- Gary Collinson
Will the Fantastic Four defeat the Quiet Man and the corrupted forces of the Heroes Reborn universe? Will Johnny Storm get his powers back? Will Reed and Sue be a family again or will it all be torn asunder? Questions will be answered in this main feature story! Then, special guests bring you four brand new stories featuring Marvel’s quintessential quartet! With heartfelt tales from Karl Kesel, Louise Simonson, Tom DeFalco and Jeff Parker and art by David Marquez, Joe Bennett, Tom Grummet and Pascal Campion – you can’t afford to miss this one! Plus, iconic creators from across the Fantastic Four’s history share their all-time favorite covers! Hear from Stan Lee, John Byrne, Roger Stern, Mark Millar, Roy Thomas, Chris Claremont, John Romita Sr., Walt Simonson and more! This is the end of the Fantastic Four – 4ever! Be there when the most controversial Fantastic Four story concludes »
The new Image Comics series has been optioned by Universal Pictures, reports Deadline.
The comic centres around two scientist friends who embark on the first televised adventure through the time stream.
Fast & Furious series writer Chris Morgan will produce the movie.
"I swear I shall not rest until every brilliant comic-book artist I love, respect and follow has a nice movie-deal" - Millar, 2015.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) March 20, 2015
Chrononauts #1 was released last week. »
Universal Pictures has snapped up the rights to Chrononauts, the new comic book series from Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Sean Gordon Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus), which launched this past week courtesy of Image Comics.
See Also: Read our review of Chrononauts #1 here
The studio has tapped Chris Morgan (Furious 7) to produce the adaptation of the time-travelling adventure tale, which revolves around two scientists whose research leads them to a time-travelling adventure, where they have to decide whether to use their knowledge for the good of mankind, or use the space-time contiuum for their own ends.
- Gary Collinson
What Mark Millar comic book hasn.t been optioned into a movie? Actually, there are a lot .cause the man just can.t stop churning out new comics. But we.ve seen two Kick-Ass movies, one Kingsman: The Secret Service, the Angelina Jolie-led Wanted, and plans for a movie version of his Star Wars-esque Starlight. Now another one of his recent creations, Chrononauts, is being groomed for the big screen. Millar.s latest focus is on two brainiac bros, Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, traveling through time together and the adventures that ensue when things go wrong. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie version is happening through Universal Pictures with Chris Morgan, screenwriter behind the last few Fast and Furious movies. Millar and his Chrononauts artist Sean Murphy are also on board to supervise as executive producers. This property is still stretching its legs in comic book form, »
Universal Pictures has optioned Mark Millar's comic book Chrononauts for a feature film adaptation, with Chris Morgan set to produce through his Chris Morgan Productions banner. It isn't known if Chris Morgan will also write the screenplay adaptation, since he is best known for writing the last five Fast and Furious movies, including the upcoming Furious 7. The Image Comics title, created by Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy, debuted its first issue this week.
The story centers on Dr. Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, who become the first two men to ever travel back in time, an event that is broadcast live around the world, as the scientists plant an American flag on the shores of the New World in 1492. The story follows Quinn and Reilly as they continue their time travelling adventures. Just before the comic's debut, Mark Millar revealed in an interview with Comic Book Resources »
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