Marvel's THE HUMAN FLY Movie In Development
It would seem it's not just DC who are revisiting some of their more obscure characters. Alan Brewer and Steven Goldman have picked up the reverted rights to The Human Fly, a Marvel comic book based on real-life stuntman, Joe Ramacieri..
First we had DC's Metal Men, now it's Marvel's The Human Fly! Deadline report that a movie based on the former Marvel Comic character is in development at Eisenberg-Fisher Productions/Paramount after Alan Brewer and Steven Goldman picked up the reverted rights on the property recently. Apparently Goldman will direct while Brewer, along with James Reach, will produce. Tony Babinski, Cirque Du Soleil’s in-house historian, wrote the Montreal-based screenplay.
There are actually two characters calling themselves The Human Fly in the Marvel Universe, one is a Spider-Man villain, and then there's this fella. If you haven't head of him, Wikipedia provides..
The second Human Fly was a young man of unknown identity who was severely injured during a car crash. After a long hospitalization, including a number of reconstructive surgeries in which much of his skeleton was replaced by steel, he took on the masked identity of the Human Fly. As the Human Fly, he performed daredevil stunts to benefit various charities, especially those helping children with disabilities. His activities often drew him into conflict with criminals, who were often seeking to rob the charity events at which he performed. Additionally, he drew the attention of Spider-Man, who thought he might be the villain of the same name. The character was based on real-life stuntman Rick Rojatt. The comic book carried the tag line "The Wildest Super-Hero Ever — Because He's Real!", and photographs of someone in a Human Fly costume appeared in the books. Jim Shooter, a high-ranking member of Marvel's editorial staff at the time of publication, said in 2007 that the photos were indeed of Rojatt.
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