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?