Friday, 24 April 2015

Mark Millar's Jupiter's Legacy in development

With Kingsman: The Secret Service becoming a huge hit at the box office, it's perhaps not surprising that producers would be looking to turn more of Kick-Ass (2010) man Mark Millar's work into films. Not that they needed much encouragement in the first place. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is already developing the writer's MPH for the screen, has recently added Jupiter's Legacy to the list of potential films.

Jupiter's Legacy, the Image Comics title co-created by Millar and artist Frank Quitely with colours and lettering from Peter Doherty, explores the generational conflict between a group of aging superheroes who gained their powers in the 1930s from a mysterious island and used them for the good of mankind, and their children, who have largely struggled with living up to the legacy of their parents. The kids have largely become vacuous celebrity types, better known for appearing at parties and premieres than saving the world.

"What appealed to me was the emotional weight of the family dynamic in Shakespearean fashion," di Bonaventura tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It is also unique in a world where there are many similar superhero movies and IP."

Millar and di Bonaventura are currently meeting writers to start work on the screenplay. If the film is successful, the initial five issue run of the comic is readily available and Millar has also worked up a miniseries following the exploits of the original superheroes called Jupiter's Circle, which is headed to comic shops this week.

MPH remains in development with Millar's Chrononauts title also being worked on at Universal Pictures.

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