Mathew Vaughn Buys The Movie Rights To Mark Millar's Superior!

The writer has revealed to us that Kick-Ass and X-Men First Class director Mathew Vaughn has purchased the rights to his comic Superior with a view to turning it into a movie..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 10/5/2011
A press release will soon be all over the web but Mark Millar was good enough to give us the early word that Mathew Vaughn could well be bringing Superior to the big screen..

Basically, my kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has bought the movie rights to Superior from me and Leinil Yu and Leinil and I am also teaming up with the MS Society, who want to use the character as it's the first superhero with multiple sclerosis. 2 big stories in one. Vaughn and I have hinted at this for about 18 months, but this is the first we've ever confirmed he's bought the rights




UPDATE: Here is an excerpt from the press release..

New York, October 4, 2011 -- Award-winning comic-book writer Mark Millar is empowering people with MS with his envelope pushing latest character Superior, the first superhero ever to be diagnosed with MS. And he is sharing him with the National MS Society to help raise awareness for MS and the work of the Society.

The hugely popular comic Superior, which is part of the Millarworld line, follows the tale of a young boy living with multiple sclerosis who's granted a magic wish. He asks to be transformed into his favourite big screen action hero and uses his new super-powers to right the real world's wrongs. Whereas most superheroes fight criminals and stop bank robberies, this little boy uses his abilities to end the war in the Middle-East, feed the starving, rescue people from natural disasters and anything else the public wants. But have these incredible powers and worldwide adulation come at a price? This dark, magical tale has been described by critics as Big meets Superman, a unique take on the superhero mythos with a magical element that appeals to Harry Potter fans as much as the traditional superhero audience. The movie rights to this book were snapped up by Kick-Ass and X-Men director Matthew Vaughn with a view to turning this into a Hollywood blockbuster.

The MS Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Over the past two decades, tremendous progress has been made in advancing research to stop MS, restore lost function and to end MS forever. In 2012 to further this mission the most aggressive research funding project ever undertaken is being launched, with a goal to raise $250 million over the next five years. To find out more about current campaigns and research.

Graham McReynolds, Executive Vice President Marketing and Development at National MS Society, “We are most grateful to Mark for sharing Superior with us and are really enthused about our alliance. Through Superior’s innovative story, we hope to increase awareness about MS, the challenges it raises for people living with the disease and the importance of always following your dreams despite an MS diagnosis. We also hope to encourage the public to join the MS Movement and help speed the progress we’re making to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. We plan to spotlight Superior through the multi-channels of communication that the Society commands.”

Creator Mark Millar explains, “I wanted to write about a superhero with a disability and I chose MS because it's something that touched one of my school-friends growing up. I'm acutely aware of the unexpected way the disease can strike anyone and the enormous difficulties it can cause. Superhero stories are essentially wish-fulfilment fantasies and nothing seemed more powerful to me than a little boy with a magic wish not only wanting to WALK again, but to FLY. I'm delighted to work with such an incredible institution as the MS Society and feel privileged that they approached me to use this character in a positive way. We're used to seeing characters with MS as victims and I wanted to do something where the kid is not only a lead, but the most powerful person on the planet. I'm really delighted people have taken this to their hearts as much as they have".

Hollywood director Matthew Vaughn was also attracted by the humanity of the lead character and added, “I have always enjoyed working with Mark and his latest exciting project Superior is something that we are very much looking forward to making”. The two worked together most recently on Kick-Ass, which hit number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and they're both pleased to be working on another movie together.


What do you guys make of this news? Vaughn has no doubt proved that any CBM he might be involved in should be something very special.





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StuckInPanels - 10/5/2011, 10:06 AM
Awesome. Will he direct it now?
Mechagino - 10/5/2011, 10:22 AM
Now this is perfect, we'll probably see 2 Supermen films in one year and the obvious one will show the knockoff how it's done! :D
marvel72 - 10/5/2011, 10:23 AM
excellent,whats happening with nemesis? haven't heard anything about that in ages.
HelaGood - 10/5/2011, 10:25 AM
me likey!!!!
BlueMex - 10/5/2011, 10:27 AM
sounds good!
Christuffer - 10/5/2011, 10:28 AM
yays.
Corpse - 10/5/2011, 10:29 AM
This is cool. Maybe WB can take pointers on how to make Shazam!
MoonDoggyX - 10/5/2011, 10:38 AM
Sounds Awesome! I would have been cool to see Millar's take on Superman or even read the story/script(s)...
Neo3 - 10/5/2011, 10:53 AM
@Marvel72
There is an announcemnt coming soon regarding 4 or 5 Millar properties. It was in an article here at CBM.
SuperHamm - 10/5/2011, 11:05 AM
I just hope there's no talk of Ryan Reynolds starring in this.
revloveR - 10/5/2011, 11:16 AM
it would be a tragedy if they make this before Captain Marvel/Shazam.
BigTodd71 - 10/5/2011, 11:46 AM
I remeber a couple weeks ago when millar said this was about to happen and people on here were saying he was full of poo, I knew he was telling the truth
NOLANITE - 10/5/2011, 11:50 AM
What is it with Mark Millar now and days?! That man is out like willy wonka and his crappy candy. I doubt MV is gonna turn this into a movie. Sounds too low of a project hed consider.
rbfn04 - 10/5/2011, 12:00 PM
Now, will SUperior be over before they release a movie?
plasticman - 10/5/2011, 12:29 PM
For all the naysayers out there they like to bash Mark Millar, this story truly has the potential of being an Oscar contender if in producing this movie the basic elements of the story are not tarnished.

A child with a terminal illness is given a chance to make his dreams come true, only to be thwarted by the one that granted his powers to him. Then is redeemed and defended by a far more Superior power.

Bitch and moan and complain as you might that Millar is not original, but what is? The coveted Batman? Star Wars? Superman? Thor? Spiderman? No, all of your favorites are based off of some frame of reference from their artistic creator. Give it a break, haters.
ManOfKrypton - 10/5/2011, 12:37 PM
Great News, I'm a big fan of Vaughn! Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class are two of the best CBMs made.
Mechagino - 10/5/2011, 12:41 PM
Wait, Superior Hugely popular? Since when?
Checkmate - 10/5/2011, 12:58 PM
I'd rather he get his ass on Kick-Ass 2 first.
themayer88 - 10/5/2011, 1:17 PM
Awesome. Superior is a great story, even tho the damn thing isnt done yet.
Hawkeye64 - 10/5/2011, 1:19 PM
Sweet

plasticman - 10/5/2011, 2:11 PM
So who plays Superior? I got three choices I would like to see.

DeWayne "The Rock" Johnson- This guy is long overdue for a role as a super hero. The likelihood of a Shazam movie being made is rather minimal at this point. This may be the role that The Rock was destined to play and give this World Champion an Oscar. We all know he looks great with a Championship belt wrapped around his waste, just like Superior.

Armie Hammer- Armie has the size to play this role. With a muscle suit borrowed from Superman he would certainly have the physique. His acting ability is top notch and may hit home with some of the more demanding dramatic scenes that we have not seen yet in the comic.

Chris Hemsworth- If Ryan Reynolds can take on two comic book characters what's to stop someone from showing us how to do it the right way? Hemsworth has proven himself a strong lead character as the God of Thunder and also has shown more dramatic sides to his ability with his appearance in Star Trek.

What are your thoughts? Anyone I'm leaving out that could take on this character?
BooYah - 10/5/2011, 4:20 PM
Should be good.
Ironnick - 10/5/2011, 6:20 PM
I like the story, and it has a strong good hearted plot to it. When they make this I will see it
soaponapope - 10/5/2011, 8:07 PM
thats cool but he should probably finish the actual comic first.... superior #5 and how it will never come out has become a running joke at my local comic book shop
DravenWayne88 - 10/5/2011, 10:51 PM
Hmmm How about they don't make insanely drastic changes to the movie like what they did with Wanted and Kick-Ass. Whats wrong with the comics as they are?
EditNinja - 10/6/2011, 1:03 AM
Bring it!
phoe1 - 10/6/2011, 7:13 AM
multiple sclerosis - sploitation.

nice. millar u asshat.

Dmac18768 - 10/6/2011, 11:14 AM
This is just another Shazam, but i'm interested to see Matthew's vision of it, but i still want to see a Shazam movie.

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