'Watchmen' Producer Options 'Mage'

MageOne of the seminal comic book series of the '80s and '90s may finally be heading to the big screen.

According to Variety, "Watchmen" producer Lloyd Levin has picked up the rights to Matt Wagner's "Mage: The Hero Discovered;" the first part of the "Mage" trilogy that Wagner began at Comico in 1984. The second part, "Mage: The Hero Defined" came out from Image in 1997. However, the third and final part, "Mage: The Hero Denied" has not been released in the subsequent years.

"Mage" follows a young man named Kevin Matchstick who learns that he has superhuman powers and gains a magic baseball bat while attempting to defeat an evil being called the Umbra Sprite. Matchstick later discovers that he is essentially a new incarnation of King Arthur while his bat is actually the sword Excalibur in a new form.

"['Mage'] has always been a favorite book of mine," said Levin. "It's one of the great untapped comic books from the '80s renaissance that also spawned 'Watchmen' and 'Batman: [The] Dark Knight.'" Levin will produce the film alongside "Eureka" co-creator Andrew Cosby.

"It's a great that Lloyd is taking on this material because his approach (to comicbooks) is to capture the essence of the original source material," added Wagner. "The timing is good, too, because in the past, (filmmakers) tried to fix the material. Now they try to adhere to the material."

"Mage" was previously optioned by "300" and "Watchmen" director Zack Snyder, but it ultimately failed to materialize.

In addition to producing earlier adaptations of "Hellboy," "The Rocketeer," "Time Cop" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," Levin is also attached to produce an adaptation of Terry Moore's "Echo."

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