The story of Stan Lee is coming to the silver screen… but not in the way you might expect.
Like any studio in the business of superhero films, Twentieth Century Fox is certainly no stranger to working with Stan Lee. And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has acquired the film rights to Lee’s life story. So far, this probably sounds like a typical biopic in the making, and indeed, the well-documented story of Stan Lee’s life has all the makings of a rags-to-riches tale chronicling his co-creation (along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) of countless Marvel Comics icons and his later forays into Hollywood.
But that’s where this story takes something of a left turn. You see, the film in question is anything but a biopic. Rather, it’s being described as an action-adventure film set in the 1970s, with a tone that those in the know have compared to the likes of ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ and the James Bond films in which the character was played by Roger Moore.
Yes, you read that right.
This whole concept is… a bit odd, to say the least. But the more you think about it, the more it starts to make a strange sort of sense. After all, if any style of action movie is compatible with Stan Lee’s public persona, it’s the over-the-top, often tongue in cheek extravagance of the Roger Moore-era take on Bond.
Producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who are responsible for a number of films, including ‘The Maze Runner’, ‘Twilight’ and next year’s reboot of ‘Power Rangers’ are attached to the project. Lee himself has been named as an executive producer, along with his POW! Entertainment partner Gil Champion.
No one has yet been named to write or direct the film, nor has a title been made public. Stay tuned to ScienceFiction.com for more on this story as it develops.