Mark Millar's American Jesus and Supercrooks Just Got Closer To Becoming Movies

Part of the cover to Supercrooks.
Part of the cover to Supercrooks.

When comic book author Mark Millar writes something, people take notice. Comic readers, sure, but in recent years Hollywood as well. Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Civil War are just a few of Millar’s stories that have made it to the big screen, and now two more are on deck.

Variety reports that Waypoint Entertainment has acquired the movie rights to American Jesus and Supercrooks, both written by Millar and originally published by Dark Horse and Marvel, respectively.

Drawn by Peter Gross, American Jesus follows a 12-year-old boy who realizes he’s the second coming of Jesus Christ, while Supercrooks, drawn by Leinil Yu, follows eight retired supervillains who team up for a heist.

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Both films have been circling around Hollywood before, with director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) considering American Jesus back in 2009 while Nacho Vigalando (Timecrimes) was attached to direct Supercrooks back in 2011. There’s no word if either of those filmmakers still have interest.

In addition to these two properties, other Millar comics such as Nemesis, Jupiter’s Legacy, Chrononauts, Starlight, and several others are all in various stages of development.

[Variety]

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armyofjuan
ArmyofJuan

I love how everyone has united in the comments to shit on Millar. Before, I would have disagreed because he used to actually write comics because he loved writing comics. But now all of his books are the most bare bones stories with great art because they are all just really well produced story boards for soon to be movies. All of them. None of them are written with being a comic in mind first and foremost and it is the most frustrating thing ever.

TL;DR, Mark Millar is a great idea man. Kingsman sucked in comic form but is a fantastic movie.