Mark Millar has never been short on ideas. Over the years the comic scribe has led large-scale initiatives within the Marvel Universe. His creator-owned line of various publisher projects collected under the title “Millarworld” has seen Hollywood success with adaptations of “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass,” while renewed studio interest in “War Heroes” indicates that the mutually beneficial relationship is not soon to end.
It's no surprise then that Millar is starting his own film and television production company, "Millarworld Productions," with a focus on filming within his home country of Scotland. In a high energy interview with The Scottish Sun, Millar states that he feels passionately about doing in Scotland what Peter Jackson did in New Zealand with "Lord of the Rings."
“It would be easy for me to take off and just set up base in Los Angeles. But I feel passionately about doing here what the director Peter Jackson achieved in New Zealand. He’s as far away from Hollywood as we are but proved geography was no barrier by creating one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with ‘Lord of the Rings.’ The scenery is stunning but we can more than match that. Over the next five years in Scotland I want to do the same here.”
If all goes according to plan, Millarworld Productions is set to take its first project in Millar’s 2005 book “American Jesus,” which to date, has not been completed as a planned 3-volume comic series past its first volume: “Chosen.”
"It's a bit like 'Harry Potter' for Christians," he described of the film's premise. "I've always wondered what it would be like if Jesus came back to the present day. But he only discovers he's Christ when he talks to his mum after the accident and she says 'I have something to tell you — you are the son of God' as she had got pregnant Virgin Mary-style."
Millar's other projects in development include “Wanted 2,” “War Heroes,” "Top Gun" director Tony Scott's "Nemesis" adaptation," and further collaborations with "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn on "Superior" and "The Secret Service." There's also a lot of buzz about a second "Kick-Ass" film, stemming largely from Chloe Moretz's recent comments to MTV News, and heightened further by a brief aside by the author of the latest Millar interview: "Mark's sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass is about to be announced."
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