Matthew Vaughn Adapting Mark Millar's American Jesus

March 26, 2009

Matthew Vaughn Adapting Mark Millar's American Jesus

"They really are adapting everything aren't they," Dan Hacker said on Twitter after I first mentioned this news. British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn will team up again with comic book author Mark Millar to adapt Millar's American Jesus comic book series. The story centers on the return of Christ in the modern world, leading to a final confrontation with the Antichrist in a bid to save humanity. Vaughn is already planning to start this up in the summer after finishing Kick-Ass, which doesn't have a distributor yet and was independently financed. American Jesus will be developed the same way, independently, by Millar.

Mark Millar's "American Jesus" follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he's the returned Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk and perhaps even raise the dead. How will he deal with the destiny to lead the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making?

American Jesus, made with artist Peter Gross, originally appeared as a three-issue miniseries in 2006 with the title "Chosen." When Millar decided to continue the story as a trilogy of miniseries, the overarching title became "American Jesus." The second installment is subtitled "The Resurrection" and is due out in the fall. If you're interested in picking this up, the actual trade paperback collecting the first mini-series is out later this week (pre-order it on Amazon), so wait until then to buy it. I'm not at all familiar with the series, so I'm curious if it's really interesting enough to stand up to the likes of Millar's Kick-Ass or Wanted. Thoughts?

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  • Trystan
    Mark Millar is a pretty crazy writer, so I'm interested for sure.
  • Nick Begovich
    Actually, anyone who hasn't read Chosen needs to go read it now. Seriously. You have no idea what your missing out on if you haven't already done. I can't wait for The Resurrection, and the movie should be great if it follows the comic. This is very good news.
  • 9mm
    The book was pretty ok. Standard biblical mysticism + "surprise ending" = entertaining read. Not deep really, or thematic or anything... Good story, thats it. To be honest, I didnt find the characters deep, or feel any kind of connection. But I could see an adaptation coming off quite good. The book leaves lots of room to develop the characters, thats for sure.
  • Nick Begovich
    It's not like people do anything original with the Bible as it is... Besides, that sucker-punch at the end makes the book. Now don't give it away! I'm tired of being one of five people who's read this thing lol




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