Twentieth Century Fox is in the process of bringing another comic book film to the big screen, and this time it’s Mark Millar’s ‘Starlight’. Right now Simon Kinberg (‘X-Men: First Class‘,’Elysium‘) is set to produce the adaptation. As he’s had experience with science fiction and quite a few comic and graphic novels, at this point he might just be the right man to take on the project too!
It probably helps that Kinberg and Millar are no strangers to each other as Kinberg is already producing ‘Kindergarten Heroes’ by the author. To make this even more in house, Fox is already hard at work at finishing up ‘Secret Service‘ for Millar.
The movies based on Millar’s work have always been popular for pulp culture and comic fans with both ‘Wanted’ and ‘Kick-Ass’ getting rave reviews. ‘Kick-ass 2‘ may have suffered a little at the box office but the track record of his work has been pretty solid to date.
The comic that the film will be based off of is being released by Image in March of 2014. Millar has described it as “‘Flash Gordon’ meets ‘The Dark Knight Returns'” as an aging hero has to take up his sword one last time to save the Universe.
Here’s a synopsis:
Forty years ago, Duke McQueen was the space hero who saved the universe. But then he came back home, got married, had kids, and grew old. Now his children have left and his wife has passed away, leaving him alone with nothing except his memories…until a call comes from a distant world asking him back for his final and greatest adventure.
We don’t have too many real details but everything I’m reading it makes it feel like a piece of pulp styled retro-science fiction. The idea that we’ll see that as a big budget film on the big screen designed by this madman? I really want to see what his creative juices have formed!
One interesting tidbit about ‘Starlight’ is that the first issue of the comic launches the ‘Millarworld Universe’ into space which is going to be bringing us quite a few other related comics. If the first one is being picked up as a film by Fox so quickly, it maybe the start of a film series especially if Fox wants to follow in the interconnected movie franchise that Marvel has so successfully done. Something to keep in mind as we hear further progress on the film announced.
So, folks, tell me what do you think about another of Millar’s works being put on the big screen? Love it or have you had enough of what he’s created? What do you think about the plot on this one?
Source: The Hollywood ReporterMar