Guys, I think this comic book movie business is getting pretty serious. This is usually where you would see a pic of slowpoke, but you’ll just have to use your imagination. My point is, studios are going to do whatever they can to ensure that they get a piece of The Avengers pie, and it looks like Fox is taking a step in the right direction by hiring Mark Millar as a consultant on their film properties. If you don’t know who Mark Millar is, I doubt I can do justice to his portfolio in just a few words. He’s a comic book author who is somewhat renown, having written Kick-Ass, Wanted, Old Man Logan, and also had integral runs on Ultimate Avengers and Civil War. Dude’s awesome. Fox seems to be aware of this, and is earning some street cred by hiring him on as a part of their team.
Fox currently has The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and a Fantastic Four reboot all in various stages of production, so Millar definitely has his hands full for the foreseeable future. Here he is sharing his excitement — something he is oft known for doing — for his new position:
“As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both…I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with ‘Chronicle.’ The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.“
So Millar is at Fox, Whedon is with Marvel, and everyone is stoked now that James Gunn is officially directing The Guardians of the Galaxy. Who would have thought that the formula for success would have been to hire comic book nerds to make your comic book movies? /sarcasm.[via First Showing]