The success of Deadpool for Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel last year could open the door for more kinds of superhero stories solely intended for adults.
China’s Fundamental Films as well as producers Graham King and Akiva Goldsman are working to bring Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe to movie theaters everywhere.
Liefeld is actually the co-creator of the Deadpool character, along with writer Fabian Nicieza, debuting him for the first time in an issue of Marvel’s The New Mutants in 1991. After leaving Marvel, Liefeld set out on his own, creating a number of characters in what is known as his “Extreme Universe” which included Youngblood, Kaboom and Re-Gex, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Youngblood, however, won’t be a part of the new film deal, and instead will focus on creating individual solo films for the various characters.
The duo (King and Fundamental) plan to set up a writers room to brainstorm, which Goldsman – who has shepherded similar processes for The Transformers and Hasbro film universes – will oversee.
Fundamental, according to the trade publication, is a minority owner in the EuropaCorp studio, and is involved extensively in that studio’s upcoming film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Goldsman is an Oscar-winning writer (for A Beautiful Mind in 2001), and has been involved in a number of projects not just for Paramount Pictures’ Transformers film franchise, but also on Stephen King’s Dark Tower as well as the cult-following Fox series Fringe.
Goldsman also has been closely associated with Star Trek in recent years, making cameo appearances in 2009’s Star Trek as well as 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness. He also is reported to be part of the creative team of Star Trek: Discovery, the upcoming new series planned for CBS All Access.
This isn’t the first time Goldsman has been attached to a project that involves Liefeld. Last November, Goldsman committed to writing a film adaptation of Liefeld’s Avengelyne for Paramount.
Goldsman also is being talked about as a potential director for that particular film. That would follow work he just completed on the horror film Stephanie, which stars Fringe‘s Anna Torv, Frank Grillo from the Purge film franchise, and Kenneth Choi, who played Judge Lance Ito in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
King typically works quite closely with director Martin Scorsese, and has earned two Oscar nominations because of it – for The Aviator in 2005 and Hugo in 2013, and actually winning as part of the producer team for The Departed in 2007.
Turning Liefeld’s characters into actual movies will still take some time. In fact, the earliest we might see any films from Extreme Universe could be 2019.
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