29 June 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Hollywood is crawling with bug-themed projects right now – a test reel for Edgar Wright’s superhero movie Ant-Man was recently released, and more details emerged on the Human Fly feature Deadline reported on last Wednesday. Based on some inside information from SlashFilm, the new developments on Human Fly are quite intriguing.

The two concepts are similar in that their subjects both occupy the Marvel comic book universe (Human Fly had a 19-issue run from 1977 to 1979), but unlike Ant-Man, the character Human Fly was based on a real-life masked daredevil who rivaled Evel Knievel in the 1970s. The Fly (Aka Rick Rojatt) made a living out of scaling buildings, riding atop airplanes, and other death-defying stunts supposedly made possible by a 60 percent reconstructed steel body, the result of a near-fatal car crash. Naturally, he and his stranger-than-fiction career – not his illustrated alter ego – will provide the basis for the film.

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