Sunday, 28 September 2014

Gary Whitta hired to write Mark Millar adaptation

While his first two produced scripts, Book Of Eli (2010) and last year's After Earth, didn't exactly score a lot of critical, or in After Earth's case, commercial love, Gary Whitta is still winning big jobs. He's already at work on one of the Star Wars spin-off films with Godzilla's Gareth Edwards and has just landed the gig scripting the adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight for 20th Century Fox.

Created by Millar and artist Goran Parlov, the new title, which hit stores back in March, is a blend of Flash Gordon and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Its follows Flash alike space hero Duke McQueen who saved the universe from a diabolical villain 35 years ago, but returned home to Earth to discover no-one believed his tales of intergalactic heroism.

Dining on ashes, he shrugged off the disappointment, fell in love and got married. Now, decades later, older and with kids of his own, he's called back to action when his old rocket shows up with a warning that the enemy has returned.

Simon Kinberg, who has been helping to shepherd both 20th Century Fox's superhero efforts with this years X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Walt Disney Pictures' new Star Wars universe as a writer and producer, will be overseeing the work on this one alongside Steve Asbell.

Whitta's Star Wars effort is scheduled for 16 December 2016, with no word as yet on which character it will focus on. Either way, we look forward to finding out.

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