Comic book writer Mark Millar has been responsible for many series that have spawned successful films. Wanted, Kick-Ass, and Kingsman: The Secret Service were all adapted from his original comic book series. Aspects of his alt-Avengers, The Ultimates, have been used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (most notably, the Samuel L. Jackson-based iteration of Nick Fury). Ideas from his Ultimate Fantastic Four series were used in the recent reboot of Fantastic Four, and the upcoming Wolverine film is also expected to be loosely based on his Old Man Logan mini-series. Whether or not you are a fan of Millar's work, it's impossible to disagree that he is a prolific figure in the comic book industry.
Many of Millar's homegrown series are published by his own company, Millarworld. Among the most expansive of these is Jupiter's Legacy, a "grounded" superhero series which connects a fantastical legacy to America's cultural history. Last year, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer behind the Transformers franchise and the man who acquired Harry Potter for Warner Bros, revealed that he was developing a film version of Jupiter's Legacy. Things had gone quiet since then - until now.
THR recently interviewed Bonaventura, who offered an illuminating update when asked about having never worked on a superhero film:
"Not for lack of interest. As an executive, I oversaw some Batmans and tried to get Superman going. But that market is saturated now. I have a project with Mark Millar, who wrote [the comic that became] Kingsman: The Secret Service, that is a superhero project: Jupiter's Legacy. What attracted me to it was it's not repeating what everybody else has done. It's not yet set up at a studio. Its universe is so expansive that it's, in some ways, more conducive to a television treatment. I'm doing it either way."
Millar's hard-edged style seems like a good fit for Bonaventura, who laments Hollywood's shift towards "playing it safe," especially considering his experience with films like Three Kings and Training Day, whose controversial themes helped them in the box office.
"With Three Kings, every single time we tested the movie, when the woman got shot in the head during the milk truck scene, 10 percent of the audience stood up and walked out. And we kept it in. Today they would take it out."
Jupiter's Legacy revolves around a team of Depression Era superheroes and their children who are struggling to live in their parents' shadows. Millar has often placed the concept of superheroes up against a more "realistic" (read: cynical) view of the world, to theorize about the effect an ubermensch would actually have on society. This series takes that concept deeper than he's ever gone before, with a sprawling interconnected world of perspectives that rattle against each other in an increasingly complicated United States.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for developments on the potential Jupiter's Legacy adaptation as they hit.
Jupiter's Legacy does not currently have a production schedule or release date.