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Fox had a small surprise for fans this past weekend: a presentation from Matthew Vaughn‘s new film The Secret Service at WonderCon. The movie is based on the Marvel Comics series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It stars Colin Firth as a refined and highly capable secret agent, who recruits his nephew to join the […]
- Russ Fischer
The biggest surprise at WonderCon today was 20th Century Fox’s presentation of exclusive new footage from their upcoming adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic The Secret Service being directed by Matthew Vaughn. For those unfamiliar: the comic book is basically ‘Harry Potter’ meets ‘James Bond’. Colin Firth stars as a superspy who takes his hooligan nephew under his wing and teaches him how to be James-Bond-like. An early scene from the film was screened in addition to a brief teaser afterwards. For highlights of The Secret Service movie footage, hit the jump. The scene opens with Firth scolding his good-for-nothing nephew (Taron Egerton). Egerton’s just dented some other fellow’s car – and Firth is none too pleased about it. Sipping a glass of beer in a pub, the posh Firth lectures his nephew on manners. It’s hard to make out exactly what was being said – the WonderCon »
- Tommy Cook
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Superior, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batman vs. Superman, Beware the Batman, Batman Beyond, Son of Batman, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Arrow, Heroes Reborn and more…
Sony took the next step in its fledgling Amazing Spider-Man franchise this past week as the Marc Webb-directed sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swung into cinemas internationally ahead of a North American release on May 2nd. In the UK, Germany, Spain and Belgium the film enjoyed the biggest opening day of the year so far, bringing in a total of $5.5 million on Wednesday and setting the Spidey sequel off to a solid start. You can check out our reviews of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 here, here and »
- Gary Collinson
When 20th Century Fox announced in 2012 that Mark Millar had signed to consult on and develop their Marvel properties such as The Fantastic Four reboot and their X-Men franchise, many hoped that would lead to a shared universe involving these characters crossing over. A "well-placed source" for Schmoes Know reveals that the studio has no plans of merging The Fantastic Four and X-Men characters.
The unidentified source claims that the studio really wants director Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four reboot, which stars Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Girl and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, to stand on its own, without any help from the X-Men mutants.
The hope is that The Fantastic Four will do well enough to warrant multiple sequels. Of course, if the movie and its follow-ups do well, »
Superior, the comic book series that came from the mind of Mark Millar- the man that gave us Kick-Ass and Wanted- is going to be getting the big screen treatment. Hollywood has seen that adapting Millar’s work has paid off in the past, and now 20th Century Fox has chosen Superior to be the next Millar property to make the jump.
The Hollywood Reporter describes Superior like this:
The comic centers on a popular and athletic 12-year-old boy who loses his social life when he is stricken by multiple sclerosis. One night, an alien monkey grants the boy one wish and he chooses to become his favorite superhero, a Superman-like character named Superior.
After relishing his new life as a hero, the boy discovers that the monkey is actually a demon from Hell and he must sell his soul if he is to remain the powerful hero »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The Expendables 3: In a newly released photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford enjoy a moment with director Patrick Hughes during a break in filming The Expandables 3, due in theaters on August 15. [The Arnold Fans via Collider] Border Guards: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will reteam with director Adam McKay for the immigration comedy Border Guards. The fun starts when new guards Ferrell and Reilly get stuck in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the U.S. All three previously worked together on Talladega Nights and Step Brothers; Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop) will write the script. [Deadline] Superior: Fox has picked up the big-screen rights to Superior, a limited-run comic book series written by Mark Millar (Wanted...
- Peter Martin
The Expendables 3: In a newly-released photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford enjoy a moment with director Patrick Hughes during a break in filming The Expandables 3, due in theaters on August 15. [The Arnold Fans via Collider] Border Guards: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will reteam with director Adam McKay for the immigration comedy Border Guards. The fun starts when new guards Ferrell and Reilly get stuck in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the U.S. All three previously worked together on Talladega Nights and Step Brothers; Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop) will write the script. [Deadline] Superior: Fox has picked up the big-screen rights to Superior, a limited-run comic book series written by Mark Millar (Wanted,...
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Although comic book writer Mark Millar has contributed many times to long-running series about more traditional superheroes like The Fantastic Four and Ultimate X-Men, he’s probably better known by mainstream audiences for putting a spin on the traditional comic book movie in Kick-Ass, the adaptation of his graphic novel about an average teenage boy who one day decides to put on a costume and become a superhero.
Another well-known limited series from Millar is Superior, a seven-issue comic about a 12 year-old boy with multiple sclerosis who is offered one wish by an alien monkey, and opts to take on the form of a superhero that he idolizes. He then finds out that the alien monkey was ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
20th Century Fox is working on an adaptation of Mark Millar's Superior.
The studio has officially confirmed its acquisition of the film rights to Millar and Leinil Francis Yu's comic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Frequent Millar collaborator Matthew Vaughn will produce the film about the titular superhero.
The comic centres around a 12-year-old boy with multiple sclerosis, who is granted a wish by aliens to become the Superman-like hero.
However, as his adventures unfold, he discovers there is more to the deal than he realised.
An adaptation of the comic has been referenced since its 2010 launch.
Vaughn was co-creator with Millar on The Secret Service, which he has also been adapting to film.
Fox is currently searching for a writer to adapt Superior. »
Los Angeles, April 16: Actor Mark Strong, who has once again teamed up with director Matthew Vaughn -- this time in "The Secret Service", enjoyed working in the film and says it has "a lot of fantastic set pieces in it".
"It was fantastic. Matthew has made four films now, all of which are terrific. He has a real eye and a fantastic touch. I love working with him. He is now a good friend," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Strong as saying.
"I thought the script was great, mad, funny, irreverent and a thrill a minute: There. »
- Diksha Singh
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that 20th Century Fox has closed a deal to adapt Superior, the comic book series from writer Mark Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu. The adaptation will be produced by Matthew Vaughn, director of Millar’s Kick-Ass and the upcoming The Secret Service.
Published by Icon (a creator-owned imprint of Marvel Comics), Superior tells the story Simon Pooni, a 12-year-old boy with multiple sclerosis who is granted a single magic wish by an alien monkey, choosing to become his favourite superhero, the titular Superior. However, it turns out that the alien is actually a demon incarnate and Simon is give 24 hours to decide whether to sell his soul to the devil in order to remain as the superhero.
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) Mark Millar's creator-owned work has a long history with Hollywood, with "Wanted," "Kick-Ass," "Kick-Ass 2," "The Secret Service" and more all getting a silver screen presence. Thus, it should come as little surprise that another one of his creator-owned books will see a big screen debut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has picked up the film rights for Millar and Leinil Yu's "Superior" miniseries with Matthew Vaughn attached to produce. Vaughn has a long history with Millar's Hollywood adaptations, dating back to his time helming "Kick-Ass." He is also currently directing "The Secret Service" film adaptation. "This project actually means an awful lot to me. It's something Leinil and I really loved doing and, after years of wanting to work together, gave us our chance to collaborate," Millar said via the Millarworld Forums. "Matthew's producing, which is great news, and the kind of names »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
A few years ago, we sat down with Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar to get the lowdown on some of his other developing comics projects. Among them was Superior, which Millar told us he was putting together as a film deal even as he wrapped up work on the book. Things have been quiet on the film front since then, aside from some talk of regular Millar collaborator Matthew Vaughn producing any movie version. Cut to today, and 20th Century Fox has grabbed the rights to the title.That Fox would land Superior isn’t much of a shock: Millar has been involved behind the scenes with the studio on various comic book properties, working alongside the likes of Simon Kinberg and Vaughn himself. Plus, the studio is bringing out another of the writer’s titles, The Secret Service, with Vaughn calling the shots and Colin Firth starring. We got a »
"...illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, "Superior" focuses on a young boy who loses his social life when he is stricken by a debilitating disease. One night, an 'alien monkey' grants the boy one wish and he chooses to become his favorite superhero, a character named 'Superior'.
"But the boy discovers that the monkey is actually a demon from Hell and the boy must sell his soul if he is to remain the powerful hero -- or return to his original body..."
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- Michael Stevens
Since comic book writer Mark Millar is a consultant over at Fox it's no surprise that the studio has picked up the rights to his limited series comic book, Superior. It should also come as no surprise that Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is producing the project. The two talents obviously enjoy working together. The are currently developing an adaptation of their comic, Secret Service.
As far as the story for Superior goes, it "centers on a popular and athletic 12-year-old boy who loses his social life when he is stricken by multiple sclerosis. One night, an alien monkey grants the boy one wish and he chooses to become his favorite superhero, a Superman-like character named Superior. After relishing his new life as a hero, the boy discovers that the monkey is actually a demon from Hell and he must sell his soul if he is to »
- Joey Paur
The comic, which was illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, ran for seven issues between 2010 and 2012, centering on a 12-year-old boy named Simon Pooni, who was a popular athlete before he becomes stricken with multiple sclerosis. He is visited by an alien monkey and granted one wish, which he uses to become his favorite superhero, a Superman-esque character dubbed Superior. As Simon begins to enjoy the spoils of his new life, he soon realizes that this monkey is actually from hell, and he must either sell his soul to remain this powerful hero, or return to to his crippled body.
The studio is currently searching for a writer to adapt the comic book, with Matt Reilly overseeing the project.
After finding success on the big screen »
The story revolves around a young boy stricken with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey: to become a Superman-like superhero named Superior.
Problems arise when the boy learns that the monkey isn't an alien, but a demon who demands the boy's soul in return for his transformation. If not, his wish will be undone and he will return to his original form.
Fox is now currently seeking a writer to adapt the comic.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
After directing Kick-Ass and this October’s The Secret Service starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Vaughn looks set to bring another Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Wanted) comic book to the big screen. However, he’ll initially serve as a producer, and there is currently no word on a writer or director.
Twentieth Century Fox are now on the hunt for a writer however according to The Hollywood Reporter, and it joins the likes of Nemesis, Starlight and American Jesus, all of which are just a few of the Millarworld projects in development for film and TV.
Written by Mark Millar with artwork from Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion, New Avengers), Superior tells the story of an athletic 12-year-old boy who loses his social life when he is stricken by multiple sclerosis. One night, an alien monkey grants the boy one wish and he chooses to become his favourite superhero, »
- Josh Wilding
Comics writer Mark Millar is no stranger to having his material adapted for the big screen, and yet another one of his creations has now been pegged for the feature film treatment. 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to Millar’s 2010 limited series Superior, which revolves around a young boy stricken with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey: to become a Superman-like superhero named Superior. Problems arise when the boy learns that the monkey is no alien at all, but is instead a demon who demands the boy’s soul in return for his transformation, lest his wish be undone and he return to his original form. Hit the jump for more on the potential Superior movie, which has a familiar face onboard as producer. News of the rights acquisition comes courtesy of Heat Vision, which reports that Matthew Vaughn will produce the Superior movie. »
- Adam Chitwood
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox have no picked up the rights to Superior. There has been talk of a movie version ever since the comic book from Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu made its debut back in 2010. Matthew Vaughn - who directed another Millarworld adaptation which will be released later this year called The Secret Service - is set to produce, a search for a writer is expected to begin from now. There's no word on a director, but it would certainly be an interesting project for Vaughn. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Superior, it focuses on a 12 year old boy who is stricken by multiple sclerosis. When an alien grants him one wish (to become his favourite Superman-like superhero), he gets to live out his fantasy. However, there's soon a huge twist in the tale and things take a very dramatic »
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