Well, Mark Millar has done it again! Following on the heels of ‘Kingsmen: The Secret Service’ (and more generally in the wake of film adaptations of ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘Wanted’), another of the Scottish comics scribe’s series has been optioned by a major studio.
In this case, the comic in question is ‘Chrononauts,’ Millar’s latest offering (the first issue only hit stands on Wednesday of this week). Co-created by Millar and Sean Murphy (of ‘Punk Rock Jesus’ and ‘The Wake’), ‘Chrononauts’ follows the exploits of Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, a pair of fun loving scientific geniuses who unlock the secrets of time travel.
Prior to the launch of the comic, Millar compared the tone of the series to that of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ particularly in terms of the way it balanced action and comedy. Given that ‘Guardians’ could easily be described as the surprise box office hit of the summer, the potential for ‘Chrononauts’ speaks for itself, especially if the filmmakers are able to maintain that ‘Guardians’-esque tone. Perhaps the best sign regarding the film’s ability to retain that tone is that both Millar and Murphy are attached to the project as executive producers.
The ‘Chrononauts’ adaptation will be overseen by Jay Polidoro, Universal Studios’ director of development, and Chris Morgan is attached as a producer. Morgan is probably best known for his work on the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, having either written or co-written every installment since 2006’s ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,’ however he is no stranger to Mark Millar’s work, having also contributed to the screenplay for ‘Wanted.’ In addition, Morgan is also set to produce Universal’s upcoming attempt to jump start a cinematic universe based on their classic monster properties.
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