Another sign that Fox is serious about making it’s upcoming comic book movies great, a press release issued by the studio today has revealed that Mark Millar has signed on to be their creative consultant on future Fox comic book movies, which are movies based on X-Men and Fantastic Four. This comes after news that Tom Rothman (responsible for every shit Fox movie you have ever seen) was leaving Fox from his position as head of its film department and it’s now clear that they want to put out the best movies possible. Even though they’ve lost the rights to Daredevil, they still have X-Men and Fantastic Four which bring with them a wealth of comics history. Read the press release below:
Marking an expanded commitment to some of its most important franchises, Twentieth Century Fox has brought on comics superstar Mark Millar to serve as a creative consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties.
Millar wrote several celebrated Marvel books such as The Ultimates, Civil War and Wolverine: Old Man Logan, before moving on to found Millarworld (millarworld.tv), where he continues to develop existing film franchise titles Wanted and Kick-Ass, as well as newer comic properties The Secret Service, Superior, and Nemesis — the latter also in development at Fox. Millar will work with Fox on developing new avenues for its “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” tentpoles.
Commented TCF production president Emma Watts: “We are excited to be working with Mark. In addition to his groundbreaking Marvel work, he is simply one of the most original voices in comics today and will be an invaluable resource to us and to our filmmakers as we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe.”
Upcoming for the studio is THE WOLVERINE, starring Hugh Jackman, directed by James Mangold; X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, helmed by Matthew Vaughn; and a reboot of “FANTASTIC FOUR, to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle).
“As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both,” stated Millar. “I spent ten years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with Chronicle. The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.”
My theory on this is that Fox have seen how well Marvel are doing and are trying to create their own cinematic universe. We’ll see the start of this with Fantastic Four, likely in 2015, and X-Men: Days of Future Past might turn into a Star Trek-style reboot and put the old cast in the present, setting up their new movie universe. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.
SOURCE: 20th Century Fox