Mark Millar Talks Millarworld Movies; AMERICAN JESUS And KICK-ASS 2 To Shoot This Year
The writer and creator lets slip some new details about the upcoming adaptations of American Jesus and Kick-Ass 2, as well as offering an update on his collaboration with Matthew Vaughn on the movie version of The Secret Service.
It was revealed last year that work is finally moving ahead on an adaptation of Mark Millar and Peter Gross' American Jesus, a story which sees a 12 year old boy discover that he is the returned Jesus Christ. Talking to The Daily Record recently, the prolific writer and creator has this to say about the big screen version of the series. "If you are doing a movie about the return of Jesus as the Bible prophesied in the Book of Revelation, you have got to do it straight and treat it with dignity. I’m not taking the piss. It will be treated like a proper film."
I have never been cool. I am a Catholic and go to mass. A lot of people are surprised because much of my work is irreverent and expect the same with American Jesus. But I want it to be a beautiful film," he added. "A film about the returned Jesus Christ has amazing artistic potential. Jesus shows up in the middle of the financial crisis, America is in turmoil and the Eurozone is collapsing. They are quite apocalyptic times that we are living in with the gap between rich and poor."
Another of Millar's projects which is currently garnering a lot of interest is his collaboration with Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons on The Secret Service. Why? Well, it obviously involves two of the biggest names in comics, but Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is also involved with the planned adaptation of the series. "We shoot Kick-Ass 2 and American Jesus this summer. Then Matthew and I have Secret Service, which is a nerdy James Bond," he revealed. "We came up with this idea of a wee nerd who becomes a gentleman spy, ditching his trainers for his Savile Row suits and being taught how to speak properly."
"The reason he gets chosen is that a guy like that is disposable. I am a massive Bond fan and Secret Service is like My Fair Lady meets James Bond. I am halfway through the comic and Matthew and I are halfway through the script. There is a good role for a 50-something actor to play an older gentleman spy training this young kid. There are not a lot of tough actors in that age group but you would never believe Colin Firth or Hugh Grant in a fight scene. We are bouncing names around."
To read the interview in full, be sure to click on the link below to head on over to the site. The first volume of American Jesus is still available to buy and The Secret Service #1 goes on sale this April. Which Millarworld movie are you most looking forward to seeing? Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place.
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