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