Fox Picks Up Graphic Novel 'Malignant Man' for James Wan to Direct

June 17, 2014
Source: Deadline

Malignant Man

Director James Wan may be done with horror, but that doesn't mean he's done with the supernatural. Right now the director is busy working on Fast & Furious 7 at Universal, but Deadline reports 20th Century Fox has just picked up the rights to his graphic novel Malignant Man, published three years ago. Wan himself will develop the feature film adaptation with an eye towards directing his own material as well as producing it. The story follows Alan Gates, a cancer patient with a terminal diagnosis. However, what would be a tragedy suddenly becomes a blessing as he learns his tumor is actually a parasite that gives him powers.

In fact, this mysterious parasite gives him a new lease on life, but one that comes with the responsibility to fight against an evil army buried beneath society's skin, all the while unlocking the secrets of his forgotten past. The title is a little on the nose, and sounds almost like a parody comic, but it sounds like Fox found some appeal in the odd story. The film will also be produced by BOOM!, a production banner set up at Fox which is in control of the largest library of owned independent comic book material outside of the staples Marvel and DC Comics. Anyone interested?

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    I have never hear of Malignant Man. He sounds grouchy.
    • denverchris
      Yeah, but he grows on you.
  • Trey Wilson
    Yeah, sounds a little ridiculous to be honest. TALENT was much better idea for a superhero comic. After surviving a plane crash, a man begins to mysteriously take on the talents of all the dead passengers.
  • gelxxxvi
    Interested, for sure.




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