Mark Millar to direct unknown Superhero
There's news coming from Mark Millar that he's going to direct a superhero film next year, and that could be one of the four titles that he's already got going into production, or it could be something new.
Actually there's a bit of confusion in what he says and it's not entirely certain if he's got these four projects, a directorial role, and another two new projects, or it's the four projects and the directing, or the directing role is one of the four projects.
I've read his statement a couple of times and I'm now scouring the answers to the original post to see if there's anything else in there, so far I'm still a little confused.
Title: MILLAR TO DIRECT SUPERHERO MOVIE PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS IN MARCH 2010 “...this is one of several big surprises planned for next year and you'll hear a bit more about this in February when we start to release details. What is it? Who is it about? Well, that's all a secret for now, but I learned a lot from Kick-Ass and love having the same creative freedom I have with comics when I work in cinema...
...As you can imagine, I couldn't be more excited. More as it happens, but this might just beat out War Heroes and American Jesus as my follow-ups to the Wanted and Kick-Ass movies. Have two other pictures about to go into development (and Wanted and Kick-Ass 2, of course), but I think you need to scare the Hell out of yourself every once in a while and something totally new like directing should do the trick.”
Ah okay, I know what he's saying is that there could be five next year, and a film with him being director would be the first out before these other films. I'd not been reading the words “beat out” for some reason, they weren't registering in my head – trying to write too fast.
He also talks about what he does want out of Hollywood, and that's not to be a slave to a studio contract with executives telling him how to cut his film, so he's making a bold and gusty move and following in Matthew Vaughn's footsteps, he's making it independently.
”I never want to be a studio bitch and go in there pitching for them to love me. The closest I came to this was a couple of calls regarding Superman, but pretty much none of my plans ever revealed as I didn't like the idea of anyone nicking them.
Similarly, I don't like the idea of asking for funding and justifying scenes with the money-men so I'm doing what Matthew Vaughn did with Kick-Ass and just making it outside the system with private investors. The financing is all secured and the movie stands or falls on how good I can make it, doing what Matthew did and just selling it once completed.”
Good luck to him. Bold move perhaps, but as Vaughn has shown it's one that pays off for him, his films, and the film fans.
The big question is, what's the project?