Mark Millar Speaks On His Role As Creative Consultant For Fox's MARVEL FILMS
"[Joe Carnahan] and Matthew Vaughn - both of whom have a very strong relationship with Fox - really pushed for me to get this gig and I just want to publicly thank them both for their support."
Well, we've certainly seen a lot of opinions about 20th Century Fox essentially making Mark Millar, their 'Joss Whedon' (at least that's what speculation is saying his role is, it's still undefined at this point). That's not to say he'll be directing anything of course but he'll be the guy 'steering the ship' so to speak on their decisions of what, who and how to adapt their stable of Marvel characters. Below, Millar also thanks directors Matthew Vaughn and Joe Carnahan who were instrumental in Millar getting the gig. While we know what Vaughn and Millar can create (Kick-Ass), it will be interesting to see what can be produced from a (potential) Joe Carnahan collaboration. Carnahan of course was Fox's choice to do the impossible and direct a Daredevil film at the 11th hour. Millar could potentially repay Carnahan by pushing the studio to select him to direct one of their upcoming Marvel adaptations [NEW MUTANTS Movie In The Works At Fox]. I'm also extremely interested to find out what this means for Josh Trank and Fantastic Four, was the director looking forward to steering that franchise on his own or will he welcome assistance from Millar? For now, you can check out Millar's letter below on his new gig.
Dear Boys and Girls,
I'm just out of bed and hardly slept a wink. Weirdly, the baby slept right through and we could have had a clear eight hours, but I was still buzzing about the big announcement last night. It's pretty much the biggest thing that's ever happened to me so as you can imagine adrenaline is coursing. For those who missed, I've just signed a contract with Fox to work on ALL their Marvel movies, details of which can be seen here:
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It's way too early to talk about plans just yet, but as you can imagine the idea here is to make exactly the kind of superhero movies you and I want to see most. There literally isn't a more talented bunch of film-makers to be working with and the team at Fox are incredibly excited about this bold new direction too. I also want to post this here to say thanks for the hundreds of emails I woke up to this morning and the thousand-plus tweets I got overnight from well-wishers. I wish I had time to reply to them all today - I usually reply to most of my tweets @mrmarkmillar - but this morning was an AVALANCHE and so I just wanted to so a big thanks, that I've read every one and that they're hugely appreciated. A highlight, I think, was well-wishes from Stan The Man himself. That's like the Pope sending a message. Couldn't have been more exciting.
But my biggest thanks has to go to director Joe Carnahan, I think. It was Joe who suggested me to the bigwigs at Fox for this role as he's always been a supporter of what I did in comics like The Ultimates and so on. He and Matthew Vaughn - both of whom have a very strong relationship with Fox - really pushed for me to get this gig and I just want to publicly thank them both for their support.
Right, better get my Scottish ass showered, dressed and onto work. Kick-Ass 2 resumes shooting here on Monday and I'm on set the week after next, but a TON of stuff to get written before I can get down to Pinewood. Finished issue 2 of Jupiter's Children yesterday for Mister Frank Quitely and issue one of Kick-Ass 3 is now in the can too. Oh, and thanks to everyone who picked up Hit-Girl #3 this week. We sold out by yesterday afternoon and will be going back to press on this and with the FOURTH printing of issue one. Thanks again for spending your hard-earned cash on these Millarworld books and keeping it away from the Romney campaign!
Right. Work. Catch you all later and I promise you are in for an awesome few years. If you're on this board you know how much I'm INTO this stuff.
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