Joe Cornish teaming with 20th Century Studios for Mark Millar’s Starlight
After nearly seven years of attempting to get a film adaptation of Mark Millar’s six-issue limited comic off the ground, 20th Century Studios is partnering back up with Joe Cornish to write and direct the feature debut of Starlight, according to Deadline.
Published in 2014, the comic centered on Duke McQueen, a hero who saved the universe in the past and came back to Earth to get married, have kids and grow old, though with his children having left and his wife dead, he’s left alone with memories of his adventures that no one believes, until his old rocket ship with a call form a distant world beckons him back for his final and greatest adventure.
A film adaptation was first announced in 2013 when 20th Century Fox announced its development and 2014 saw the studio hire Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) to write the script, though after languishing in development hell for years and the studio subsequently being acquired by Disney, the project started from scratch. Brian Dukes is set to oversee development on Starlight for 20th Century Studios.
Simon Kinberg (X-Men franchise, The 355) is set to produce alongside partner Audrey Chon via his Genre Films production label and Nira Park, who previously worked with Cornish on the well-received family adventure The Kid Who Would Be King at 20th Century Fox.
Millar is best known for creating Wanted, Kick-Ass and the Kingsman graphic novels that were later turned into film franchises as well as Old Man Logan, which would be the main source of inspiration for Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, 2017’s Logan, and penning Civil War, which would be adapted into Captain America: Civil War for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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