Comic Book Writer Mark Millar's Superman Returns Sequel Pitch - UPDATED!
News hit the internet hard yesterday that Superman Returns writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris had decided not to return to the sequel - Superman: Man of Steel. This is most interesting because not only did Bryan Singer's team claim that they were already in pre-production on the sequel, but this might mean that maybe Bryan Singer is next to leave as well? Since the news has hit, well-known comic book writer Mark Millar has come out of the woodwork and wants to pitch his own vision of the franchise.
Mark Millar is best known for his work writing Ultimate X-Men, Wanted, Marvel Knights Spider-Man, The Ultimates, and Civil War. He wrote an update on his official forums and it states:
It's 8.58am right now, my guys at CAA get into the office in about seven hours and my call will be waiting for them to talk about this. I want to revamp Superman like Hillary wants thin ankles. Revamping this franchise is what I was given fingers for and so, invited or not, I'm putting my plan together now. I've been asked to work on half a dozen screenplays lately, but this is the only one I have ever truly wanted.
As most here know, I have literally hundreds of pages of notes and sketches just waiting for this opportunity. This would be my dream gig and, as a fan, I know exactly what this project needs to work. This has to be Superman for the 21st Century, keeping everything we adore, but starting from scratch and making the kids love it as much as the 30-somethings. I would honestly write this thing for free.
Anyway, my treatment is being polished as we type. Wish me luck. I want to do that Superman movie we all want to see.
What really gets me the most is that a guy with this much enthusiasm and this much expertise should just be handed the job right away, but I know the studio execs won't be as smart. Everyone knows he can put together an awesome new revamp for the 21st Century and from the sounds of it he seems like the perfect guy. However, I just know the studio is going to choose some idiot with a lame script over Millar.
His discussion of a revamp comes from the rumors circulating in Hollywood that Warner Brothers wants to make another Superman film without referencing Superman Returns. As in, almost starting over from complete scratch like The Incredible Hulk due out next year. Although not everyone liked Superman Returns, I can't see them butchering this franchise that much, it would be a disaster to keep reworking Superman over and over.
I wish Mark Millar and his pitch the best of luck this week, and I hope Warner Brothers is smart enough to see that he may be the perfect guy.
UPDATE! Sadly, Mark's pitch didn't make it. He updated the situation recently with an explanation as to why he actually wasn't allowed to get the job. The issue is that he's associated with Marvel at the moment and Warner Brothers just won't let him work on a DC project.
They were incredibly nice and superbly apologetic about it, but when they discussed the matter seriously DC explained just how associated I am with Marvel Comics at the moment and it's against company policy to hire the competition. It's absolutely nothing personal. I spoke to some friends at DC and they explained this has happened with a couple of big Marvel writers in the last couple of years and I absolutely respect that.
This is quite unfortunate, as it seems like Mark Millar was the perfect guy for the job. Hopefully some other comic book writers out there (who aren't associated with Marvel) will be inpsired by Mark Millar's attempt and work on an appropriate pitch of their own. Best of luck on your future endeavors, Mark!