Comic-scribe Mark Millar is keen to bring an 8-hour Superman saga to the big screen, over the course of three films.
Millar told Empire he would like to see the trilogy filmed back to back, and release each a year apart.
“It’s gonna be like Michael Corleone in the Godfather films, the entire story from beginning to end, you see where he starts, how he becomes who he becomes, and where that takes him,” he said.
“I want to start on Krypton, a thousand years ago, and end with Superman alone on Planet Earth, the last being left on the planet, as the yellow sun turns red and starts to supernova, and he loses his powers.”
Millar is famous for writing the original comic Wanted, upon which the James McAvoy/Angelina Jolie film was loosely based. Much like his egomaniacal characters, Millar isn’t one to shy away from bombastic, sweeping statements. He claims to be working with a big name action director for his Superman pitch. James Cameron? Michael Bay? Oh god. Not Roland Emmerich?!
However, nothing is confirmed. But I have to say, his pitch sounds mighty intriguing. With the right director, that concept could be spectacular.
Warner Bros announced in August that they were planning to reboot the Superman franchise, and head in a darker direction – bad news for Bryan Singer, whose planned Man of Steel has since fallen by the wayside. It is unknown whether or not Brandon Routh will reprise his role as Superman.
Mark Millar’s next project will be the Matthew Vaughn directed Kick-Ass. Like Wanted, it is based on Millar’s own comic book. Keep an eye out here for updates on both Superman and Kick-Ass.
What do you think? Should Warner Bros trust Millar with this trilogy? What action director do you think is lined up? Any fans of Superman Returns out there?