What with WANTED’s very strong debut, original scribe Mark Millar is having his day in the sun, and you know what? He’s earned it. A few days ago, the UK Evening Times profiled him:
JET lag is an occupational hazard for Mark Millar. That and other hardships, like having Angelina Jolie rub suntan lotion on his face, being brought tea by Claudia Schiffer and making Jessica Alba gush happy tears.
It’s all in the line of work for the globe-trotting, Coatbridge-born comic book guru whose million-selling, graphic novel Wanted has had a Hollywood £55million blockbuster treatment, going on general release tomorrow.
“Comic-book guru?” Pretty good for a lad from Coatbridge, In this article and several others, Millar suggests a WANTED sequel is already on the way.
Millar also added that he’s been approached by Universal about concocting a sequel. “They’ve asked me how I can develop some of the other stuff from the book into the sequel. We’ll see what box office is like at the weekend, but everyone knows this is going to make a LOT of dough. Wall·E permitting.” (He actually has a few choice words for the hapless robot, who really shouldn’t be held accountable for his release date.)
Even if WANTED 2: STRONGLY HANKERED FOR doesn’t get made, Millar’s Icon book KICK-ASS is already looking good for the cinema, with Matthew Vaughn (STARDUST) on board to direct:
“I’m working as a producer on [’Kick-Ass’] as well, so I’ve been involved for about eight months, believe it or not. The comic didn’t come out until February, but we made the deal on the movie back in December. The script was finished six months ago, and it starts filming on location in New York in August. So it’s moving really fast.”
Even bearing in mind Millar’s wee penchant for, well, stretching things a bit, he’s got to be riding high and his projects in the pipeline are sure to get a boost as well. It’s all good for now.
UPDATE: A perfect example of Millarism in action, as he discusses the Superman movie he’s writing.