12:24pm PT by Tatiana Siegel
Waypoint Nabs Rights to Pair of Mark Millar Graphic Novels
Waypoint Entertainment has acquired the rights to Mark Millar's graphic novels American Jesus and Supercrooks.
Millar, a star in the comic book sphere, is the writer behind Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Waypoint’s Ken Kao (The Nice Guys) will produce both films with partner Dan Kao and Addictive Pictures' Russell Ackerman (Mama) and John Schoenfelder under the latter two's first-look deal with Waypoint.
American Jesus was drawn by artist Peter Gross and follows a modern 12-year-old boy who realizes he is the second coming of Jesus Christ and must save mankind. With illustrations by Leinil Francis Yu, Supercrooks is a heist story about eight supervillains forced out of retirement in an attempt to rob the world’s most notorious crime boss.
Millar's work includes Captain America: Civil War and The Ultimates, inspiring much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Several of his original works, including Kingsman, have all been adapted into successful feature films and franchises and other recent hit series such as Superior, Chrononauts, Empress, Huck, MPH and Starlight are in development as film or TV projects.
Millar is repped by Paradigm and attorney Harris M. Miller.
“I only come to L.A. one week a year and do all my meetings in the pub during those seven days every September," said Millar. "On my most recent trip, I met these guys and was wowed by their plans and the scale they’re working on. Leinil and I couldn’t be more delighted to have Supercrooks up and running with such talented people. Peter Gross and I have held American Jesus back for a decade until the right team came along. This really is that team. The level of talent we’re talking about behind the camera has us all ridiculously excited. Fans of the books are in for an absolute treat.”
Waypoint is the film and TV development, production and finance company that recently announced Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, and Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider, with Jared Leto. Waypoint, which is in postproduction on Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys (starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, and which Warner Bros. will release on May 20 after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival), is also behind Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees (which made its world premiere at Cannes last year) and Terrence Malick's Weightless (in which Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star).
Addictive Pictures is a genre-centric film and TV production company that is currently prepping Jeremy Saulnier's next movie Hold the Dark for A24. The company recently closed a deal for Deeper, written by Max Landis and starring Bradley Cooper, at MGM.