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Jupiter’s Legacy, the superhero opus from Mark Millar, has fallen for the siren song of Hollywood.
Millar is the comic writer with a penchant for setting up his titles at studios — Kingsman: The Secret Service is his latest success, with $370 million worldwide — but he deliberately held back Legacy, which is co-created and drawn by Frank Quitely, and considered one of the author’s jewels. Until now.
Millar has partnered with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, whose recent credits include the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies, to bring the comic to the big-screen.
Meetings are underway with writers to adapt the material.
Legacy takes a multigenerational approach to tell a story of the offspring of superheroes who haven’t lived up to the standards of their parents, who first got their powers in the ’20s after the discovery of a mysterious island.
“We have the last remains of these old-school heroes and their mainly vacuous children living in L.A., a massive disappointment to the first generation of super-people — just lost, no real direction in their lives beyond advertising gigs and opening night clubs,” the writer told THR’s Heat Vision in Nov 2012.
“What appealed to me was the emotional weight of the family dynamic in Shakespearean fashion,” di Bonaventura tells THR. “It is also unique in a world where there are many similar super hero movies and IP. “
Di Bonaventura is already developing an adaptation of Millar’s comic MPH.
Legacy recently wrapped its first five-issue arc, while a complementary comic mini-series, which tells of the original generation of superheroes and titled Jupiter’s Circle, hits stores Wednesday. (Also hitting shelves is the paperback collection of the first five issues.)
Millar, whose Chorononauts was just set up Universal, is repped by Paradigm and attorney Harris Miller.
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