Mark Millar has been the go to comic writer for movie producers; since his Wanted was made with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman, producers have been lining up to buy his other comic properties. On top of Wanted, Millar has had two Kick-Ass movies completed, as well as, 2014s The Secret Service being directed by Kick-Ass’s Matthew Vaughn. And these do not even include the projects that have been bought by major studios: Fox has optioned both Starlight and Superior comics.
And most recently, producer Lorenzo di Bonabentura has optioned Millar’s comic MPH, which plans to be released on May 21. Lorenzo has served as producer on several big budget affairs, including Salt, Red, The Transformers trilogy, and the most recent Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. And it seems that Mark Millar is really excited about this producer working with his material:
“[Lorenzo’s] one of the few real moguls in the industry, having hired Chris Nolan for Batman and bought the rights to the Harry Potter books when he was head of Warner Bros. and then of course he’s the guy behind the Transformers movies. So he’s a guy who really knows how to make huge pictures and he’s somebody I’ve always wanted to work with on one of the bigger Millarworld adaptations.”
Now according to Millar, the plan for MPH is to get a writer before selling it to a studio. But either way, it seem that the project is in good hands. With that said, I have been recently suffering from Millar-fatigue; I did love Kick-Ass, but the sequel was severely disappointing. And in the case of both Wanted and Kick-Ass, the movies were clearly better than the comics: so I gave up reading his work. But Matthew Vaughn has to see something in his comics to now make two movies based on them.
And for all who do not know, MPH is the story of four 19 year olds who discover a drug that gives them ‘Flash-like’ powers for a week.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter