Jackman's comic book film
Hugh Jackman is the next big name to be associated with a Virgin Comics deal. He'll be helping create a new comic for the publisher and working it into a film and videogame, although not in that order.
Nicholas Cage and Guy Ritchie have already been working on Virgin Comics and Guy Ritchie is developing his comic into a film, something that Jackman looks set to do too.
Although the story is being kept quiet for now, the article does say that it will feature a character in the same vein of the lead in I Am Legend (Filmstalker review). In a futuristic world mankind has abandoned the idea of privacy in favour of security.
John Palermo, Jackman's partner in Seed Productions, said that this would most likely become a videogame first before hitting the cinema screens. Hugh Jackman himself said:
“I've had so much fun in the graphic novel world with the 'X-Men' franchise that I wanted to get even more involved. I'm excited to work with Virgin and Marc and create a compelling character and story that hopefully will also make it to the bigscreen.”
The story is to be called Nowhere Man and Marc Guggenheim will be the real experience on this work as he already has episodes of The Amazing Spider-Man under his belt.
I find it interesting that more and more talent is looking to the comic world, but perhaps what is most telling is the move to work on projects such as this across various channels – film, television, comic, videogame – rather than just go ahead and develop a film and churn out a game or comic to go alongside it, there's a move to work on multiple products for a single property.
I wonder if Hollywood is starting to see the potential of developing franchises across the different entertainment channels and doing it well, not just trying to exploit one or the other.