According to Deadline, Fox has acquired the rights to Malignant Man, a four-volume graphic novel series created by director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, F&F7).
Created in 2011, Malignant Man tells the tale of Alan Gates, a cancer patient with a terminal diagnosis, who’s resigned to his fate…until he discovers that his tumor is actually a mysterious parasite! Granted a second lease on life and incredible, otherworldly powers, Alan must fight against an evil army buried beneath society’s skin, all the while unlocking the secrets of his forgotten past.
Wan has signed on to produce and develop MM for Fox alongside BOOM! Studios Steven Christy and Ross Richie, but Wan would really, REALLY like to direct MM – as he effing well should. If BOOM! doesn’t sound familiar to you, don’t be scared. BOOM! Studios is the largest library for indie comics (like Malignant Man) and stands right up there alongside big boys Marvel and DC. After seeing what the other guys have while setting up other comic book-based projects in Hollywood, BOOM! (I love saying that) has a first-look deal at Fox…pretty snazzy, yo.
This isn’t the first time Wan’s ventured into comic book adaptation waters, either. Back in 2011 he was set to direct Nightfall, in which a right-wing survivalist is sent to a tough Texas prison, with no idea that it’s secretly run by vampires using the inmates to feed on. Somehow that film never came to fruition – my guess is because there was no way they were gonna beat Twilight and all the other vampire dreck that was hitting the big screen at the time. Which is too bad because I would’ve LOVED to see this. But Wan went on to score the directing gig on Fast & Furious 7, and if that project turns out as well as we think it will, things should start going his way quickly. Maybe he can get that one back off the ground again.
What happens next to Malignant Man is anyone’s guess but I can tell you this: unless Wan is directing his own creation or hand-picks the director who will, I’m not so sure I’d be jazzed to see it.
What about you?
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