Fox Adapting Upcoming Mark Millar Comic ‘Starlight’

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Millar Starlight Cover 1 Fox Adapting Upcoming Mark Millar Comic Starlight

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.

Millar Starlight Cover 2 Fox Adapting Upcoming Mark Millar Comic Starlight

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

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  1. Honestly, it sounds very interesting.

  2. Speaking of Flash Gordon,now that’s a comic book movie that needs to be remade asap.Get up on it somebody.

  3. they’ll probably says it’s ‘true to the source’ and it will end up being a pile of garbage… like kick ass (ending of 1 and all of 2) and wanted being nothing like the comic. here’s hoping they don’t pull the same bs with nemesis….

  4. Well they got me at the Flash Gordon reference. That is a massively underutilized property that just cries out for the franchise treatment.

  5. I’ve never ever ever heard of this comic book character. I can’t find anything on the character on Wikipedia as far as a publication history is concerned so I’m assuming this is fairly new, but it may bomb since virtually NO ONE knows who this character is. Not one person.

    • All of Miller’s “Millerworld” comic mini-series (seriously, that’s the official name of the imprint) centre around original, not-previously-established characters… no matter how much of a rip-off of already existing characters they may look like.

      • Maybe Nicholas’ point was that it’s strange that this comic is being adapted without a single comic being published yet.

        • I doubt that was his point, since he states he’s been looking for a “publication history” of the character and that he assumes “this is fairly new”. It’s likely that he didn’t even read the article before commenting, or that he skimmed it at best.

          Nevertheless, I doubt all of this is even relevant: all previous Millarworld movies (read: Wanted and Kick-Ass) were very, very loose adaptations of the source material, so the fact that the source material itself isn’t even available yet is likely not a concern to the studio.

  6. Just like his “other” properties, this will never see the light of day. Why make stuff with no following when you’ve got xmen at fox. All of Millar’s original stuff seems simply detivative of better known properties. Meh.

  7. This sounds like it will be great.

  8. Looks very interesting.

    Looking forward to this being mentioned in the SR Underground podcast so I can snicker when whoever-it-is (I don’t remember if it’s Keyes or Ant or who) calls him Mark Mill-AR when it’s pronounced “Mill-ur”

    I don’t know why but I enjoy that weird stuff, like when they used to repeatedly call Joss Whedon “Josh”

  9. I don’t know…sounds kind of ho-hum to me. I think there are many other sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and super-hero stories that would need to be told on a TV series or up on the BIG screen before this one. I could list a few, but no one probably wants to read my volumous list right now…it would take up all their time until Christmas!

    • Actually, I’d be up for it. So post away, please.
      Thereby you could even save or at least enrich my Christmas holidays (as sad as that may sound to people with a thriving party-heavy social life).

  10. I guess they never made a Nemesis movie? Makes for repeat fodder on one of Showtime or Cinemeax’x umpteen speciality channels