Matthew Vaughn To Produce Mark Millar’s ‘Superior’ for 20th Century Fox

By April 15, 2014

Even if you’re not a comic book fan, you should know Mark Millar’s name by now. He’s the guy behind Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, Nemesis, and the upcoming spy thriller The Secret Service, as well as being a creative consultant at 20th Century Fox for the studio’s Marvel properties, including the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. He always seems to have projects percolating (even though they often take years to reach the big screen), and now it appears that he’s lined up another potential movie based on one of his comics.

THR is reporting that 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to Millar’s Superior, a limited series that follows a popular 12-year-old athlete who loses his social life when he’s diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. When an alien monkey offers the boy one wish, he chooses to transform into his favorite superhero, a Superman-esque guy named Superior. Sounds kind of nice and sweet, right? Well, don’t forget this is a Mark Millar comic – it gets a lot more twisted from there. After enjoying his new life as a hero, the boy figures out that the monkey is actually a demon from Hell who presents him with a powerful conundrum: sell his soul and remain the hero, or return to his original body.


Matthew Vaughn, who directed the film adaptation of Millar’s Kick-Ass as well as the upcoming The Secret Service, will produce this project, but it’s still early days as far as development goes, so a director and writer haven’t been found yet. We’ll keep you posted with that information as it arrives, but in the meantime, I have to say that I’m interested in seeing how this comic makes the leap to the big screen. I mean, an alien demon monkey? A few years ago that probably would have been unfathomable to put in wide release, but after Guardians of the Galaxy introduces a talking tree and a badass gun-toting raccoon later this year, I feel like we’re going to start seeing a lot of really weird stuff come along.

Interested in Superior? Have you read the comic? Let us know in the comments if you think it’ll make a good film.

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