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Mark Millar to direct Trainspotting style Scottish Superhero film

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2010

While talking to STV comic book writer Mark Millar (, Wanted, Kick-Ass, Nemesis) spoke about his independant Scottish superhero movie he will be directing this year.

The plan with the Scottish movie was that I realised that everything I’d written, even though I’m a Scottish guy from Coatbridge, everything I’d written was set in New York or Los Angeles. I just thought that’s quite weird; normally people will do something that is a wee bit to do with where they came from, so I thought that it was quite odd that I’ve never done that. It’s a lazy shorthand to always set something in America that everybody understands.

I saw District 9, the South-African alien movie. I thought that that was quite interesting to see something that people don’t associate with South Africa, which is alien invasions, to juxtapose two things and make something quite interesting and quite odd, and I thought wouldn’t it be cool to do a superhero movie in Scotland.

Not a cheesy BBC Scotland comedy kind of thing, but to make it cool, as cool as X Men 2 was or whatever. Not costumes and that kind of stuff, a 21st century Trainspotting kind of thing about people with superpowers and make it epic, make it big and grand in scope, try and do something that’s unexpected.

So my plan is to start directing that in June, June and July. We’re prepping it just now. We want to do it with an entirely new cast, people nobody have seen before, young people from Glasgow and Edinburgh and work with local teams. Everyone that works on the movie we want to try and keep Scottish and just create a superhero movie with its own unique flavour.

Sounds very good doesn’t it. Will be interesting to hear more about the plot as at the moment it sounds a little like the Channel 4 TV show, Misfits. Millar is certainly becoming big news in movieland. Wanted was a big success at the box office and the Kick-Ass adaption has had hugely positive reviews from preview screenings.

I just hope that when he gets into the directing chair it doesn’t go all Frank Miller on The Spirit!

Source: Bleeding Cool

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