Mark Millar to Direct Independently Financed Superhero Movie


Comic creator and writer Mark Millar, whose property Wanted became one of the break-out hits of last year and whose property Kick-Ass is churning up buzz left and right as it steams toward its April 2010 release, is directing. At least, that’s what he’s telling fans on his own official message board this evening. To be more specific, he’s directing a “superhero” movie, and just like Matthew Vaughn did with Kick-Ass, he appears to be going outside the studio system to make a movie that is privately financed.

It is interesting to see, as I just listened to the panel of experts talk about the state of independent filmmaking on this week’s episode of Reject Radio. And one thing that stuck with me is when filmmaker Aaron Morgan talked about securing financing for a film, and the importance of putting names on a project that will give investors confidence. I will be interested to see what kind of names — be they comic brand, actor name or otherwise — Millar is aligning with this mysterious project. I’m not so sure that his name alone is enough to carry financing for a completely independent, potentially moderately budgeted (assuming its anything like Kick-Ass or Wanted, it could cost $30 million plus) project.

With that in mind, I’d say that I’m interested in seeing what the crazy Scot has up his sleeve. He’s always written entertaining and aggressively unique characters and stories (I would still contend that Marvel should be using his Ultimates storyline as framework for their Avengers movie), and I would expect this to be more of the same (in a good way). The full announcement is below, courtesy of

Bet you didn’t see THAT coming, laddies and lassies!

But 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. 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.

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.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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