Nicolas Cage's 'Superman' Comic Theft Story Heading to Theaters
No, this won't be about how Nicolas Cage was almost Superman in a Tim Burton take on the Big Blue Boy Scout (though it might be fun), but this story sounds like it's going to be pretty great anyway. Heat Vision, quite appropriately, has word that Reno 911! creators and Night at the Museum franchise writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon have just sold their script Action No. 1, a heist comedy about a group of nerds who attempt to steal Nicolas Cage's copy of the classic, coveted 1938 comic book that holds the first appearance of The Man of Steel, a theft that actually took place all the way back in the year 2000. Read on!
While the details of the theft remain unknown, the story ended up with a happy ending as the comic was uncovered in an abandoned storage locker back in 2011. However, it's not in Cage's hands and was sold for $2.1 million dollars at an auction. It remains one of the highest publicly-graded copies of the legendary comic, and is one of an estimated 100 that still exist today. It's basically the Holy Grail to comic book fans.
Apparently Cage has been written into the script with the actor in mind to play himself, but sadly it doesn't sound like he'll be taking the role. There's been talk of Jason Statham taking a part, but it's not clear if it would be that of the comic's owner, or maybe a member of the heist crew (though he's about as far from a nerd as we can imagine). For now though, with Garant and Lennon behind the script, I think this could be as fun as Kyle Newman's nerdy heist flick Fanboys but with some love for comic books this time. Cool?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
So this is basically "Fanboys 2". Good Lord..
Big Boss on Mar 8, 2012
To the Break of Daawwwnnn Baby!
Quanah on Mar 8, 2012
Since when does Cage turn anything down? With the crap he rolls out almost monthly it seems, he goes and turns down something that could actually be a fun movie.
grimjob on Mar 8, 2012
Lol!!!! Just by reading it it made me laugh! xD Cage should play him self, be side, the guy is not doing to well in the big screen. I can't Waite to see this movie.
Elvin Cito on Mar 8, 2012
At this point in his career i'm not sure Cage can afford to parody himself in a feature film. He needs to land a solid leading role in a solid dramatic Oscar-bait role.
Ronald Suk on Mar 8, 2012
Mmm... I think he needs to do a fairly low-budgeted film, with him in the leading role, with the feel to movie like '50/50' or 'Juno' or something. He would take a low paycheck, and actually try to act. When he seems to put in an effort, I think he can do good things. If he shows that in a low-budget movie, where he HAS to act well to sell tickets, then he should do an 'Oscar-bait role.'
GregDinskisk on Mar 10, 2012
They should switch out Jason Statham with Liam Neeson and have him do his Taken "phone call"-scene again. You messed with the wrong comic book geek.
JohnMcBoss on Mar 9, 2012
Story sounds funny enough, there was a terrible film that came out last year from Scotland that has a similar sort of story, watch the trailer below if you dare. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHJoODvucOc
Crapola on Mar 9, 2012
HOW'D IT GET BURNED! *repeat rapidly several times*
Jericho on Mar 9, 2012
Do as I say, not as I do
FelixBrown on Mar 9, 2012
This is confusing. Did Cage end up getting any of $2.1 million or not? And the part where you say it was not in his hands and was sold: It was found inside a storage locker in the San Fernando Valley by the Los Angeles Police Department's Art Theft Detail, around april 2011. But long before this, Cage had settled with his insurance company(like 10 years ago, I do not know what they paid him). So it looks like some insuarnce company took all the profit as they are/were the legal owners? Cage had THE most coveted Action Comics #1, a astonishing 9.0 grade, so when this book was sold 28th or 29th ov November last year, all knew/thought it was Cage who had sold his book; that he purchased in 1997 for a then-astounding $150,000. I do not think many know it was not legally owned by Cage anymore when it was sold. But....a fun twist would be if Cage had bought it back at said auction....the current owner is unknown 🙂
David Banner on Mar 9, 2012
Can this guy just go away. His movies are shit.
Vogue on Mar 9, 2012
No Cage, no dice.
Noreply on Mar 9, 2012
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