Man, I should have gone into comics. Nowadays, Hollywood is buying up comic books for movie adaptations at such a fast clip that by the end of next year, there might not be a comic book in existence that hasn’t already been sold to a studio or producer. The latest is Mark Millar’s “American Jesus”, which Matthew Vaughn (who is also helming Millar’s “Kick Ass”) will be adapting.
THR has more about the comic:
The story centers on the return of Christ in the modern world, leading to a final confrontation with the Antichrist in a bid to save humanity.
The book, made with artist Peter Gross, originally appeared as a three-issue miniseries in 2006 with the title “Chosen.” When Millar, one of the top writers in the comics field, decided to continue the story as a trilogy of miniseries, the overarching title became “American Jesus.” The second installment is subtitled “The Resurrection” and is due out in the fall.
With “Kick Ass” almost finished, Vaughn is looking at a 2009 Summer start date for “American Jesus”, which would be pretty ambitious, but since the plan is to make the movie with independent financing and avoid studio interference ala “Kick Ass”, I don’t doubt they can pull it off.