'MIB's' Barry Sonnenfeld Attached to DC Comics' 'Metal Men' Project
Ever since The Avengers destroyed the box office earlier this summer, Hollywood has been in a frenzy over comic book movies with ensemble groups. Word is that Warner Bros is back developing another Justice League script, there may be a Guardians of the Galaxy feature coming soon, but what else can we expect to see? Vulture is reporting that Men in Black series director Barry Sonnenfeld is apparently attached to DC Comics adaptation Metal Man, in development with producer Lauren Shuler Donner since 2007 but mostly stagnant until this year. I think we have a better idea of what to expect - more of a comedy ensemble.
The news doesn't provide too many details on the project, but does reveal that this is apparently the "secret comic-book movie" that Sonnenfeld has been linked to. The 1960's-based comic book movie was originally picked up for adaptation years ago, from veteran producer Lauren Shuler Donner (Constantine, X-Men, The Wolverine) with a script by Eric Champnella. We haven't heard much since, but Sonnenfeld has been mentioning it to press recently. "I'm talking to Warner Bros. about doing a franchise based on a comic that hasn't been around since the 60s. But it's too early to talk about it," he told ComicBookMovie back in May.
The story of the DC Comics' Metal Men focuses on a brilliant scientist, William Magnus, and his six highly advanced male/female robots who have powers associated with their respective metals - gold, iron, lead, tin, mercury and platinum. Instead of having to be programmed, the six Metal Men could think for themselves, which is both their genius and their biggest flaw. The heroes are a dysfunctional family, with the stories balancing sentimentality, humor and action. It all makes sense Sonnenfeld is in the mix, he balances humor and action quite well. I just hope it doesn't turn out like Fantastic Four. Stay tuned for any updates.