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Not only has he managed to bring his comic-book creations to the big screen, the Scottish writer has also won over Hollywood in the process
The night before our interview, Mark Millar was drinking his way through his hotel suite's minibar. "There goes your budget, Universal Pictures!" he tweeted, later adding, "If I get drunk enough and run out of nuts I'm going to eat those minibar condoms." But when I meet the 44-year-old the following afternoon he is incredibly chirpy, enthusiasm unfettered, words flying out at 100mph. He discusses the Kick-Ass films, adapted from the comics he authored, with childlike glee. Next week the sequel is released, and this time there are whole armies of costumed cohorts, Aaron Taylor-Johnson's eponymous Diy vigilante leading the charge against Christopher Mintz-Plasse's vengeful Red Mist, now reborn as The Motherfucker. It's a big bundle of fun, and with its $28m budget »
- Alex Godfrey
Interview Ryan Lambie 30 Jul 2013 - 06:21
Nb: This interview contains several naughty words. We should also point out that this interview took place last autumn, and it's since been revealed that Kristen Stewart is out of the running for Wanted 2.
A sleeper hit in cinemas and hugely successful on DVD, Kick-Ass was an anarchic, blackly comic take on the superhero movie. Three years later, and the sequel’s almost finished, while in the intervening period, its trio of young stars - Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, have continued to rise in stature. So too has comic book writer Mark Millar, who’s been fortunate enough to see two of his stories - Wanted and Kick-Ass - adapted into hit films so far.
And with adaptations »
With Kick-Ass 2 set to be released this summer, Nemesis, Supercrooks, The Secret Service and Wanted 2 are all in various stages of development in their respective journey's to the big screen. It now appears as if we should add Jupiter's Legacy to that list as writer Mark Millar (who has created the book alongside artist Frank Quitely) offers us an exclusive update as to what's going on with a movie version of the upcoming Image series. Millar also reveals that he would like to see Richard Dreyfuss play 'Walter', and while he makes it clear that there haven't been any talks with the actor as of yet, the writer is sure to make this happen (take Mark Hamill's planned appearance in Matthew Vaughn's take on The Secret Service for example). Perhaps most interesting is the fact that he envisions the adaptation taking place across more than one movie. »
Filmmaker Brett Ratner took a page out of Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past playbook by announcing on Twitter that Antje Traue has joined the cast of Hercules: The Thracian Wars. That tweet has since been deleted, which likely means the director jumped the gun and announced the news too early.
No details have been released as to what character the actress is portraying. She joins a cast that already includes Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, Aksel Hennie as Tydeus, Rufus Sewell as Autolycus, and Ian McShane as Amphiarus. The story follows Hercules, the son of Zeus who turns his back on the Gods. He leads a team of mercenaries who will fight anyone's battle for them, provided the price is right. The plot thickens when their latest mission becomes more complicated than anyone could imagine.
Dwayne Johnson stars as the title character, based on the Radical Publishing graphic novels that take a different approach to the Greek god. Instead of being the son of Zeus, Hercules is a fierce mortal who is feared by many. When he leads his group of mercenaries on their latest mission, the job turns out to be much more complicated that previously imagined.
Brett Ratner is directing from a screenplay originally written by Ryan Condal (Paradise Lost), which is being polished by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Wanted 2). No production schedule was released at this time.
In the Radical Publishing comic books the movie is based on, Autolycus was the son of the messenger god Hermes. Dwayne Johnson is portraying the title character, the son of Zeus who leaves the gods behind to live in exile as a mercenary for hire, along with his six trusted companions. Hercules is put to the ultimate test that makes him question everything he once believed. Aksel Hennie is playing the axe-wielding maniac Tydeus.
Brett Ratner is directing from a screenplay by Ryan Condal (Paradise Lost), which is being revised by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Wanted 2). Brett Ratner will also produce with Beau Flynn and Radical's Barry Levine. No production schedule was given.
The Rock is ready to don a loincloth to play the fabled Hercules. "Hercules," directed by Brett Ratner (the "Rush Hour" films) will crash into theaters on August 8, 2014, it was announced by co-producers MGM and Paramount Pictures today. Dwayne Johnson will play the title role in the film adapted from the Radical Comics graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" written by Steve Moore and drawn by Cris Bolsin. Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos ("Wanted 2") scripted the film, which will reportedly portray a darker version of the mythological character than previously seen on the big screen. The comic centers on Hercules as »
- Dave Lewis
7 items from 2013
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