Twentieth Century Fox is feeling Superior.
The studio has picked up Superior, the comic book limited series written by Mark Millar and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu, for an adaptation to be produced by Matthew Vaughn.
The comic centers on a popular and athletic 12-year-old boy who loses his social life when he is stricken by multiple sclerosis. One night, an alien monkey grants the boy one wish and he chooses to become his favorite superhero, a Superman-like character named Superior.
After relishing his new life as a hero, the boy discovers that the monkey is actually a demon from Hell and he must sell his soul if he is to remain the powerful hero — or return to his original body.
The comic was published between 2010 and 2012 via Icon Comics, a creator-owned imprint from Marvel.
A search for a writer to adapt the material will now begin.
Matt Reilly will oversee for the studio.
Millar is the co-creator and writer of numerous comics that have received the Hollywood adaptation treatment, such as Kick-Ass and Wanted, and Superior is already a Fox favorite. He also has comics Starlight, Nemesis and Kindergarten Heroes set up at the studio and at CinemaCon; Fox unveiled footage of the well-received Secret Service, an action thriller based on the Millar comic (drawn by Dave Gibbons), that it will release Oct. 24.
Vaughn directed Service (he also had a hand in creating the comic) and is a frequent Millar collaborator. He directed 2010’s Kick-Ass and his company, MARV Films, is developing an adaptation of Millar’s American Jesus miniseries.
Vaughn is repped by WME. Millar is repped by Paradigm and attorney Harris Miller. Miller also repped Yu in the deal.