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Mark Millar Looking to Direct His Original Superhero Concept

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March 5, 2010
Source: STV

Mark Millar

In the past decade, comic book writers and artists are finally getting some of the attention they deserve as the film industry keeps snatching up endless comic properties in hopes of starting big franchises. One such comic book club member is Mark Millar, who has shared the spotlight with the adaptations of his comics Wanted and the forthcoming Kick-Ass. Though he has plenty of other comics that could hit the big screen, Millar told STV he's got an original idea of his own he would like to direct, that he claims is a "21st Century Trainspottingy kind of thing about people with super powers," and as "cool as X-Men 2 was." Okay, I'll bite.

Looking to "make it epic, make it big and grand in scope, try and do something that's unexpected" has him setting the story in Scotland for starters. Despite the drastic location switch, I'm immediately reminded of the graphic novel series Rising Stars by J. Michael Straczynski which was said to already be optioned as a major movie when I was reading it back in high school. Though I've read the screenplay there's been no movement on that story which is a girtty take on superheroes which is about 113 people (called "Specials") born with special abilities following the appearance of a mysterious light in the sky above Pederson, Illinois. The series is like The Incredibles (Specials are just normal people with superpowers and they wear both of those characteristics on their sleeves) meets X-Men (the conflict between Specials and society) with a bit of Watchmen (an alternate future where one Special is corporate, and someone is hunting down the others).

Millar didn't reveal too many details about the idea yet, but he's also not worried about the task of sitting in the director's chair for his first time. He talks about comic books being similar to movies in their own right:

"As a comic writer people think you just put the balloons in, but really you’ve a blank piece of paper and you have to tell the story visually: start with a close-up, pull-back and all the wee tricks that we employ when we make a film as well, so it felt quite seamless actually, the idea of going into film."

But of course, drawing an action sequence, and making one come to life through the magic of green screen and stuntmen is another thing altogether. There are all sorts of moving parts of a feature film, rather than just impressive artwork and a great story. I think Millar's got the right ambition, and hopefully the talent, but only time will tell. Look what happened to Frank Miller, another prominent comic book author turned filmmaker, when he tried to direct his own movie (The Spirit). For Millar's sake, I'm hoping he can do a lot better. And for our own sake, I'm hoping this idea is as good as most of the comic books he's created. We will be keeping you updated on this project no matter what, so stay tuned. Anyone have hope for this?

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  • Stevo
    Mark Millar is a great comic book writer and has produced some of the best reading I have seen outside of Alan Moore. He is however kind of a huge douche. He is pretty much Rob Liefeld with talent. We will see.
  • dUPE
    I've met Millar at Wizard Con in Chicago a few years back - and yes, immensely talented, but a flat out wanker. The guy loves himself too much. Still, I love his work.
  • DiR3cT
    I read a small part of Wanted and while I enjoyed it I think its a risky idea for him to direct a film. Look what Frank Miller did with The Spirit. Still there is always a hope it could be ok.
  • CL
    douchey wanker? sounds like a hollywood director to me haha. i'm a big fan of his work. more talented than frank miller, imho. lets also not forget he's pretty much the unofficial mastermind in all the upcoming Marvel films. he modernized the Avengers in the Ultimates, which all the movies seem to be based on.
  • NeoSlyfer
    Mark's comics have been nothing but a big budget drawing board for HOLLYWOOD BLOCK BUSTERS , if any of you have seen the panels of CIVIL WAR or OLD MAN LOGAN , or fuck it ULTIMATES you would understand what I mean , he writes his comics like movie scripts. I love them.
  • justsomeguy
    Rising Stars was already ripped off once for Heroes. Is it being ripped off again now? Shameful.
  • Jake the snake
    Ghost rider
  • SlashBeast
    Millar's a terrible writer and a shameless self-promoter.
  • thepeoplesmovies
    i come from a town near glasgow (paisley hometown of gerard butler, daivid tennant aka doctor who) and its great that a scottish superhero. about 10-15 years ago i used be in this monthly comicbook writer/artist club held in glasgow and met mark and also grant morrison plus many of the other artists writers from scotland who are involved in american comicbooksI think we got onwell as I we both follow same football team from glasgow , As for been called big headed, useless yeah he may write comics that end up movies at least he hasnt went to stay in hollywood but stayed in the town he comes from coatbridge near glasgow.
  • peaches
    i'm not that huge into comics, but this dude talks out of his ass so much.
  • Governor
    The old hack is going to assault us with more of his tripe? Oh fuck!

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