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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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Angelina Jolie to pull a Moon with Cuarón. Wanted 2 is no more

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2010

Wanted was a huge success for Universal. A great big messy film that was fun yet flawed, but could have been so much more. Obviously a sequel has been in the running for a while now and Angelina Jolie had been attached (despite what happened to her in the first film).

Now she has pulled out of the Timur Bekmambetovdirected sequel and so the studio have pulled the plug.

What will she do instead? Well she is currently filming The Tourist with Johnny Depp, but acording to Vulture she has signed up for Warner Bros.’ Gravity. This is an intriguing sounding space thriller to be directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) from a script he wrote with his 28-year-old son, Jonás.

The reason I mentioned Moon in the title is that, like Sam Rockwell in Duncan Jones lovely piece of sci-fi, Jolie would be alone on-screen for much of the movie, playing the sole surviving human member of a space mission, desperately trying to return home to Earth and her daughter.

/Film also mention Jolie would be playing the daughter, which is again similar to Moon with the main actor playing two parts. If that is true that would suggest the main character has been in suspended animation or travelled at almost light speed and the time dilation doo-dad effect means her daughter has aged.

I never really thought a sequel to Wanted was needed so not too bothered about that. Gravity sounds like a worthy move on Jolie’s part. Will give her a chance to act a bit more and Children of Men was stunning with a great look so Cuarón should make something great with this.

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Nemesis – Mark Millar mentions Sam Raimi and Guy Ritchie could direct it

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

Mark Millar is the comic book writer behind such comics as Wanted, The Ultimates, Kick-Ass and many more. He recently decided that he wanted to explain the rumour that Sam Raimi was to direct a movie based on his upcoming book with Steve McNiven for Marvel, Nemesis. This is the comic book where he goes with the idea of what if Batman was a villain like the Joker – I posted more on the story a while back.

Here is what Millar has to say about Sam Raimi.

Can I just stomp this rumour before it gets any further? This week CAA was approached by an A-list director to buy Nemesis before it goes to auction in March. Then Sam announces he’s not involved in the Spider-Man franchise any more, pursuing other projects. A lot of movie sites got in touch last night asking if the two stories are linked, but I just want to make it clear that Sam is not the guy who contacted my agent. I actually think he’s one of the three best living directors and would be honoured to have him on anything I do, but he’s not the guy who got in touch and the truth is that I’m not taking this out until March as originally planned. I want to have the whole thing finished before anybody reads it as Steve and I think we’re onto something pretty special here. Civil War and Old Man Logan were massive hits, but the interest in this from the moment we even said the title has just been unprecedented. We want to make sure this goes to the right guy, though Raimi would actually be an amazing choice and it would be a hilarious middle-finger to all the suits he just walked away from.

Basically I think Millar is doing his excellent work of self promotion and basically starting a great rumour himself. These days you never know what could happen if you start shouting it from the rooftops.

However, Millar goes on


Things move fast in Hollywoodland. I just woke up to some VERY unexpected emails…

Nobody has seen the scripts yet. The interest in based on Wanted doing 350 mill, insane buzz around town on Kick-Ass and that CBR interview where the Nemesis high concept was explained and visual released. It’s pretty crazy, but a lot of people are trying to get this before it goes elsewhere. Have another thing coming with Leinil after Summer and someone made an offer for this without even knowing what it is. Crazy times.

Yet where does Guy Ritchie come into the mix?

I was actually going to talk to Guy about it in the next couple of weeks, but wondered if a brilliant cop versus brilliant supervillain might be too much like Sherlock Holmes. I’m seeing Matthew this week and will see what he reckons.

There you have it – I’m not sure if there is any truth to any of Millar’s quotes, but it would be very cool if Sam Raimi did end up directing it.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Angelina Jolie talks Wanted 2

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

Recently Timur Bekmambetov was talking about making Wanted 2 and how he would like Angelina Jolie to return. Spoilers ahead.

For those of you who know, Jolie’s character bends a bullet at the end of the film that takes down all the bad guys including herself. The film, and the Mark Millar comic it was based on, was full of mad concepts and included a place where the characters where healed in super quick time. However, there was no mention of characters being brought back from the dead.
The comic did feature lots of parallel dimensions though so it could possibly bring back characters that way, but that still doesn’t fit into the film version.

However, they could probably fit something into the universe they set up to do this and if that was the case could also mean a possible return for the other characters who died in the first one.

Now MTV have an interview with Jolie that seems to indicate in no uncertain terms that her character isn’t likely to return for a sequel, but that could just be movie talk while deals and money is being discussed.

Back in November 2008, MTV spoke to Jolie and she discussed her final scene in the film.

“In the original, she doesn’t kill herself,” said Jolie. “I actually changed the ending. I said, ‘If she was to find out she had killed people unjustly and was a part of something that wasn’t fair, then she should take her own life.’”

That means it was Jolie who wanted the character to die due to what she had done.

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Wanted 2 – Timur Bekmambetov says it is so….and Angelina is back?

Posted by LiveFor on June 14, 2009

The film based on Mark Millar’s cool comic, Wanted, has spawned a sequel and looks as if there will be some surprises in it. Last I heard it was going to follow Wesley (James Mcavoy) travelling around the World hunting down more of the Assassin’s Guild that recruited him. If you haven’t seen the first one, beware spoilers ahead.

Evan Spiliotopoulos had been hired to write a script based off of a story by Wanted writer Chris Morgan

“In July we will start preparation for the film. I think in the late autumn or winter shooting will be performed” Bekmambetov said to Russia IC. “The shooting will take place in America, India and Russia”

The film director and producer promised that in the sequel he would bring back to life Angelina Jolie’s character, who perished at the end of the first movie. In addition to that, new characters will be introduced in the sequel.

“As for the character played by Kostya Khabenskiy (the bloke who ran the healing spa place), we’ll think about it. We might possibly resurrect him as well” the film director said.

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Kick-Ass 2 is in the works according to Mark Millar

Posted by LiveFor on June 10, 2009

SciFi Wire have an interview with comic book writer Mark Millar about Kick-Ass directed by Matthew Vaughn.

“Wanted made a fortune. It made a ton of money, and it was a property nobody had ever heard of. And I think Kick-Ass is going to be even bigger,” Millar says.

“Kick-Ass 2 is already being plotted out. We’re planning it, because all the actors are quite young and we have to make it relatively quickly. So we’ll definitely do that inside the next 18 to 24 months.”

We have yet to see a trailer to the first film and there is no distibutor in place for it just yet. However, as Millar says, Wanted was quite a big hit and if this is marketed just right Kick-Ass could be another.

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Hallelujah – Millar’s American Jesus may rise to the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on March 26, 2009

Director Matthew Vaughn (“Stardust,” “Layer Cake”) is eyeing American Jesus, another adaptation of a comic by Wanted author Mark Millar, as his next film says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story centers on the return of Christ in the modern world, leading to a final confrontation with the Antichrist in a bid to save humanity.

The comic began life as a three-issue Dark Horse mini-series in 2006 entitled Chosen. That plan was expanded into a trilogy of mini-series with the second, The Resurrection, being released this Autumn.

Vaughn is presently in post-production on the adaption of Millar’s “Kick Ass”. Like that film, it’s likely this one will be financed independently.

The pair are also developing a still unannounced action film project.

Now I’ve read Chosen and unless I’m getting mixed up with another comic that deals with a kid who finds out he is actually the second coming of Christ and then has to convince the World, then I am not sure how the series can carry on as expected. Anyone else read it and know what I’m talking about?

Needless to say that, like Kick-Ass, this will have people up in arms once it hits the mainstream.

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UPDATED: The Courier – Russell "Highlander" Mulcahey and Adrien Brody

Posted by LiveFor on January 6, 2009

Here is the synopsis for Mulcahey’s latest film, The Courier. Sounds pretty cool, but a bit Transporterish.

A million bucks, just to a deliver a briefcase…

It’s a job too good to be true, especially if you’re the COURIER, a daredevil carrier renowned for taking on impossible missions who’s never, ever missed a drop. The only catch is delivering it to someone who can’t be found, not even by the FBI, and when that someone is the notorious, never seen King of the Underworld EVIL SIVLE who’s very name makes the toughest tremble, there’s a lot more than reputation and money on the line.

With a baying pack of double crossing feds, conniving crooked cops and ruthless rival crime bosses in hot pursuit, the Courier trail blazes a world-wide chase for the most wanted man in the land. Drugged, beaten, tortured and two timed, the bloodhound bagman discovers easy money was never so hard, and tracking the elusive kingpin to Las Vegas learns just why Evil is the one person on the planet no one can find, and why he really is the King…

UPDATE: The writers are Michael Brandt and Derek Haas who wrote Wanted (Filmstalker review) and 3:10 to Yuma.
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The Guardians most ridiculous plots of the year – Spoilers ahoy!

Posted by LiveFor on December 15, 2008

1. The Dark Knight – The Joker’s criminal genius
Wait, so the Joker really orchestrated that big truck chase just so that he could get caught and go to prison, then he could kidnap that guard and grab his phone to make the call to set off the bomb he’d previously sewn inside the henchman in the next cell? That would kill the guy who stole the mobsters’ money, thus enabling him to … er, what? Heath Ledger’s Joker may have been a psychopath, but he had a nerdish capacity for forward planning.

2. Sex And The City – has Big ever used a phone?
OMG Carrie’s getting married! Can you believe all the dresses? Can you also believe that Big tries to call her on the day, but some little scamp has run off with her phone? Couldn’t he just call Miranda or someone? No, because despite having known them all for 10 years he doesn’t have their numbers. Nor is he capable of just getting out of the car and walking in.

3. Iron Man – the cunning getaway
Ha ha! We have kidnapped imperialist weapons dealer Tony Stark. Now let’s put him in a cell and force him to build us a missile. We won’t need to put guards in with him because we’ve got these fiendish CCTV cameras. True, it’s still possible for him to hide round the corner, but what can go wrong? We’ll also overlook those working drawings. Wait a minute! That’s not a missile, it’s a robo-destruction suit. And now he’s in it, killing us all! D’oh!

4. Hancock – immortal and invisible?
What? So there’s this one guy on the planet who’s been alive, like, forever, and can fly, stop bullets, leap tall buildings, etc, and nobody is the slightest bit curious as to who the hell he is and where he came from? What was he doing during, say, the second world war?

5. Wanted – The Loom of Fate
OK, we can swallow James McAvoy as an action hero. And we’ll believe that there’s a secret league of assassins who can bend bullets round corners. Even that they were descended from a guild of weavers. But hang on, the Loom of Fate? A mystical apparatus whose woven product has the future of mankind encrypted in its fibres?

6. Indiana Jones – Shia of the Apes
Luckily we’ve overpowered these Nazis but now they’re chasing us down this convenient set of parallel tracks someone has cut through the jungle! Phew, none of us got hurt but where’s Shia LaBeouf gone? Thank God (or Spielberg): he’s turned into Tarzan. Here he comes swinging through the trees on vines, with a troupe of monkeys.

7. Mamma Mia! – the paternity issue
Which one of these three men could be Sophie’s father? If only there was some reliable, scientific way of finding out. She can’t get a DNA test, of course, because Abba never wrote a song about that.

8. Man On Wire – don’t look down!
A man breaks into the World Trade Centre and walks a tightrope between the towers. Yeah, right.

Source: The Guardian

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Wanted: Weapons of Fate – Trailer for video game based on James McAvoy film based on Mark Millar’s comic

Posted by LiveFor on November 27, 2008

Wanted: Weapons of Fate is an upcoming video game developed by GRIN and published by Universal Studios. It is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game is set in the continuity of the 2008 film and picks up where the movie left off with Wesley (James McAvoy) taking on the French chapter of “The Fraternity”.

The Wiki entry states, “Based on Universal Pictures’ action-thriller Wanted, starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie, the Wanted videogame, Wanted: Weapons of Fate, promises to deliver the same fantastic visual style and edge-of-your-seat action as the blockbuster motion picture.

In Wanted: Weapons of Fate players continue the story of hero Wesley Gibson, picking up the action where the film left off to create an entirely new chapter exploring both Wesley’s journey to becoming an unmatched überassassin and the epic fiction of “The Fraternity” in the Wanted mythology. Players will take on the role of Wesley or his father Cross and confront all new enemies, including the French chapter of the Fraternity, a group that is fanatical about upholding the code of the Loom of Fate. The French chapter is headed by The Immortal, a severe Fraternity leader with a grudge against Wesley and his family, and also employs Araña, a beautiful but deadly Spanish assassin, and Brummel, the businessman assassin who is as street smart as he is sophisticated.

Featuring intense third-person action, Wanted: Weapons of Fate will take combat to the next level with iconic moves such as “Curving Bullets” and “Assassin Time” drawn directly from the film, as well as an innovative, multi-layered cover mechanic.”

Now that states the game follows on from the film, but you can play as Wesley’s father Cross, who apparantly died in the film. Not sure if this will be as a flashback in the game or just a wiki-error.

Here’s the trailer.

What are your thoughts on this after seeing the trailer?
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