Producer Lloyd Levin Picks Up Matt Wagner's 'Mage' Comics
by Alex Billington
August 3, 2010
A little bit of extra comic book news a little past Comic-Con. Variety reports that producer Lloyd Levin (of Hellboy II, Watchmen) has acquired the rights to adapt the Matt Wagner's seminal '80s comic-book Mage. Levin picked up the rights to the 15-book collection that makes up "The Hero Discovered" arc. "It has always been a favorite book of mine," Levin told Variety. "It's one of the great untapped comicbooks from the '80s renaissance that also spawned Watchmen and Batman: Dark Knight." Levin will finance production, as this was originally in development at Spyglass with Zack Snyder, before taking it to a studio to get distribution.
Mage is reinterpretation of the legend of Camelot that follows Kevin Matchstick, an alienated young man who discovers he has superhuman abilities, gains a magic baseball bat and defeats the nefarious plans of a being called the Umbra Sprite. Sounds exciting. "It's a great that Lloyd is taking on this material because his approach (to comic books) is to capture the essence of the original source material," said Wagner. "The timing is good, too, because in the past, (filmmakers) tried to fix the material. Now they try to adhere to the material." Levin hasn't hired a writer yet, but will soon, so I'm sure development will start right away.