While this past summer’s Kick-Ass 2 barely broke even here in the U.S., the source comic book’s creator Mark Millar is still a force within the comics industry, and was hired last September by 20th Century Fox to help shape the studio’s own Marvel movie universe. This move appears to be paying off, given the news that Fox will be spinning off its X-Men universe beyond the standalone Wolverine movies, with Days of Future Past leading to X-Men: Apocalypsean X-Force film and an eventual Fantastic Four cross-over.

Beyond all this, several of Millar’s original comic book properties are in various stages of stop-and-start development as well, including The Secret ServiceNemesis, and SuperiorIt looks like Fox is serious about staying in the Mark Millar business, with Latino Review reporting that Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg will be producing an adaptation of Millar and artist Goran Parlov’s upcoming comic book mini-series Starlight for the studio.

As for the story, which Millar says can be described as “Flash Gordon meets The Dark KnightReturns,” here is a synopsis from THR:

It 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.

There are shades of Watchmen in that story, as well, with the series described as a heroic space fantasy adventure. The Flash Gordon reference may or may not indicate Starlight‘s tone: perhaps as darkly tongue-in-cheek as some of Millar’s other work can be. The six-issue series will be published by Image Comics in March, 2014.

The first Kick-Ass seemed to prove that a comic book superhero franchise which did not come from the established pantheon of Marvel or DC had box office potential, and led to a stream of Millar projects entering development. The progress on Nemesis seems to have gone quiet following Millar’s enthusiastic review of the script by Joe and Matthew Carnahan, there hasn’t been any recents news on Superior, and Fox pushed director Matthew Vaughn’s take on The Secret Service from a 2014 release date to March of 2015.

The reception of Starlight by fans and critics may impact the movie version’s future – or it may not. Millar has never shied away from controversy, from bashing the idea of a Justice League movie to saying that comic books “aren’t for girls,” to the ire of many comic fans.

The premise of Starlight sounds noticeably less blood-soaked than Kick-Ass or Nemesis, more in line with Millar’s kid-friendly Kindergarten Heroes, which is also being adapted at Fox and produced by Simon Kinberg. Will we see a kinder, gentler Mark Millar? Will Starlight connect with a much broader audiences than Kick-Ass? We will know more after the comic’s release.

Starlight is in development at Fox.

Source: Latino Review