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“Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar (left) just sold his latest comic book, the Flash Rogers-esque sounding “Starlight” to 20th Century Fox, continuing the prolific Scottish writer’s partnership with the studio. As you’ll recall, the studio previously set Millar as their comic book movie universe “consultant” (whatever that means).
According to THR, Millar’s “Starlight”, which includes artwork by Goran Parlov, “centers on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but came back to Earth, where no one believed his fantastic stories. He settled down, got married, had kids and got old, but then is called back for one last adventure when his old rocket shows up.”
Simon Kinberg, who was recently tapped by Fox as their version of Joss Whedon, by overseeing their comic book properties including the “X-Men” line of movies, will produce “Starlight” — if and when it eventually gets made. Being that a Hollywood studio “optioning” a property is akin to a stockbroker giving a hobo spare change, don’t be surprise if this goes absolutely nowhere.
“Starlight” is described as being “Flash Gordon” meets “The Dark Knight Returns”. That probably points to the swashbuckling adventures of the hero (ala Flash Gordon), who has since retired and must come out of said retirement to save the day (ala Batman in the Frank Miller comics from the ’80s.)
Millar creates about 100 comic books a year, and it seems like every single one of them is being snatched up for the Hollywood treatment. He’s gotten a few made so far, including the successful “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” franchises, and has the Matthew Vaughn-directed “Secret Service” on tap.