What happens when you go into comics with the desire to write all of your favorite characters, and you do that? What comes next? For a lot of comic book creators, publishing their creator owned stories is the ultimate goal. Sharing characters that they themselves have developed is ultimately what most people want to do. For Mark Millar, it was not -- at least not at first.
My only real ambition since I was a kid was to write and draw comics. That was it. I just wanted to do Superman and Spider-Man...Over the course of the last decade or so, I've managed to write all the characters I wanted to write. I never ever really expected movies or any of that to come from it. It sounds crazy, but I also didn't get into comics to do 'Kick-Ass' or 'Wanted' or any of those things. I got into it to do the established characters I've loved since I was five. But there just comes a point where you suddenly think, 'Yeah, I love this stuff, but I'm a little bored of seeing The Joker escape from Arkham or Lex Luthor sitting in a room thinking up plans to kill Superman. What comes next?' I've realized that creator-owned is what comes next."
And boy oh boy does he have a whole heck of a lot of creator owned stories currently in the works. In a recent interview Mark Millar discussed several of his upcoming projects -- one of them being SUPERCROOKS; due out this March. You can check out the trailer for SUPERCROOKS here. addition to publishing his own magazine (CLiNT), Millar's current projects include a Hit-Girl spinoff, a project with Dave Gibbons titled SECRET SERVICE which is set to launch in February, and a sequel to NEMESIS. Aside those three books, Millar continues to publish KICK-ASS, and SUPERIOR (which ends January 18th). So why the decision to leave Marvel and do all this creator owned work? Could it have something to do with Hollywood?== TEASER ==
Millar isn't stopping at publishing a plethora of creator owned books. After getting his taste of Hollywood thanks to the successes of WANTED and KICK-ASS, it seems Millar has set his sights on seeing his creator owned ideas go from the pages of comics to the big screen.
For your first movie to go out and make $350 million, that was just incredible luck, and I suddenly understood the movie had to be at least as good as your comic or your reputation was going to take a hit. The only way to guarantee some kind of quality control in your adaptations is to make sure you're a big part of the production team and the best possible talent is involved in what's essentially big adverts for your books. Would we have had the superhero boom of the last decade if 'Catwoman' and 'Elektra' had led the charge instead of 'Spider-Man' and 'X-men'? I really lucked out with Timur [Bekmambetov] and Matthew [Vaughn]. Now I just want to make sure I keep getting the best talent attached to these things. We're lucky that there's been an extraordinarily high consistency with comic book adaptations from 'Iron Man' to 'History of Violence' and I want to keep that level up."
Could it be that Mark Millar is developing these books with the intention of taking them to Hollywood? It seems all roads lead to that theory since FOX has had held the rights to NEMESIS since August 2010, and last February screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan was rumored tied to the film. Rumors of NEMESIS' demise may be imminent -- at least that's how things appear on the surface. Late last week Joe Carnahan, who along with Michael Carnahan had been tied to the film's production, tweeted Millar implying that production on the film was over. According to Carnahan, production on the NEMESIS at Fox "got f###
ed off" -- in other words, it's likely that the film might not be happening after all. At the end of the day, however, we will just have to wait and see.
Have you checked out the trailer for SUPERCROOKS? Are you looking forward to the next Millar and Francis Yu project? What about SECRET SERVICE coming from Millar in February? You can check out the full preview for SUPERCROOKS here.