It's been almost a year since we found out that popular comic book writer, Mark Millar, was trying his hand at directing movies. On both Wanted and Kick-Ass he allowed other filmmakers to adapt his work for the big-screen but Millar is now directing his own movie, a movie well-within his area of expertise - superheroes.
Today we're finally getting some tangible details about what to expect including the plot, when to expect the trailer, production images, as well as the all-important title - Miracle Park.
Details on Millar's directorial debut have been kept under wraps; though, Millar revealed back in March that it will be a superhero movie set in his (and my) native Scotland.
Miracle Park takes what we know of the superhero genre and puts a unique spin on it, starting with the fact that it has an unusual superhero setting - Scotland.
Here's the first Miracle Park plot synopsis, according to IGN:
"Set in contemporary Scotland, this dark, unique superhero story focuses on a group of animal rights activists who break into a low-level research laboratory to find a mile-long underground base owned and facilitated by the US government."
It might be brief but it definitely gives us some indication about what we can expect. I'm guessing the activists will, one way or another, end up "contaminated" and gain super powers. If that's the case, it reminds me of a Family Guy episode where the Griffins gain superpowers after the family gets covered with toxic waste :P .
Miracle Park is described as "X-Men meets Trainspotting," two worlds most people wouldn't have expected to see brought together in a movie (they're completely opposite in tone for one thing). Supposedly, it "breaks all the taboos of superhero cinema and offers a completely new take on the genre." I wouldn't expect anything different from the guy who wrote Kick-Ass!
The movie will be shot entirely with hand-held cameras, similar to recent movies including Paranormal Activity and The Last Exorcism, which should give the film a gritty feel - unique from other superhero movies (I'm sensing "unique" is one of the primary things Millar is aiming for).
It's refreshing to see someone take the well-known superhero story and set it within a location practically unseen for this type of movie. Millar commented back in March that everything he's ever written was set in locations like Los Angeles or New York - places most audiences are plenty familiar with. I just wonder what effect (if any) the Scottish location will have on Miracle Park's appeal and success.
With director Millar's name above the title (and not just "based on the comic by"), I'm sure the project will get a fair bit of attention.
However, I can't help but feel some trepidation since Millar's fellow comic writer, Frank Miller, made the jump to directing with the less than stellar results in The Spirit. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying Mark Millar will fail just because Frank Miller did, but Mark is now in the exact same position as Frank.
All we can do is cross our fingers and hope Mark's directorial debut turns out well.
Miracle Park finishes principal photography at the end of next month and Millar aims to work on it in post-production until January. There's no release date as of yet but you can expect the first teaser trailer when post-production wraps in January.