Joe Cornish is set to direct 20th Century Studios’ adaptation of the Mark Millar comic Starlight, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Cornish, best known for directing Attack the Block, will also pen the script for the movie take on the comic by the creator of Wanted, the Kingsman films and Kick-Ass. Simon Kinberg of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Audrey Chon of Genre Films will produce the comic book adaptation, with Nira Park also producing.
The Starlight comic, drawn by Goran Parlov, is described by Millar as Flash Gordon meets The Dark Knight Returns. It centers on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but came back to Earth, where no one believed his fantastic stories.
He settled down, got married, had kids and got old, but then is called back for one last adventure when his old rocket shows up.
Cornish also directed The Kid Who Would Be King, his contemporary take on the Arthurian legend, and had co-writing credits on the Steven Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man, both done with another longtime friend, Edgar Wright.
Cornish is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group.