If you’ve been keeping up with the high-flying world of Stan Lee, then you know the legendary comic book writer has been trying to get a movie called “The Annihilator” made for some time now. “The Annihilator” is a new Chinese superhero character that Lee created, seemingly for the singular purpose of making a movie from it. (He’s not the first person to do this; this is pretty common nowadays with a lot of “indie” comic book publishers. It’s all about Hollywood, kids.)
Anyways, in a story in THR about how the film project has added producer Barry Josephson to help out, we also get the really important news — new plot details for “The Annihilator”.
It goes something like this:
The Annihilator, which will be written by Bourne Legacy and Real Steel scribe Dan Gilroy, is the story of “a young Chinese expatriate named Ming, who must choose between remaining in prison or enlist in a secret US super soldier program.” A grueling gauntlet of tests and experiments, Ming survives thanks to “his extreme resolve, gained as a result of his family’s tradition of practicing Qijong and martial arts.”
Lee is producing the film, while China’s State-run National Film Capital will be footing the bill. “The Annihilator” will be shot mostly in English (with some Mandarin scenes) and is expected to cost a whopping $100-150 million and jumpstart a whole franchise based around the character.
That’s a mighty ambitious plan, but I suppose when you’ve got an entire country’s bank at your disposal, anything’s possible.