Outside of the box-office smashes which continue to roll from Disney/Marvel and Warner Brothers/DC, Mark Millar is quietly launching an independent revolution in comic book cinema, and Jupiter’s Legacy may be the biggest move yet.
Following on the box office success of the Kick-Ass franchise and Kingsman and with Chrononauts, Superior, MPH, and Starlight already in various stages of development at the studio, THR is reporting that 20th Century Fox is moving forward with a big-screen adaptation of Millar’s critically acclaimed Jupiter’s Legacy. With the follow-on prequel set to hit stands this week, the studio announced today that director Lorenzo Di Bonaventura would be helming the film for Fox.
Speaking to THR, Di Bonaventura said that “What appealed to me was the emotional weight of the family dynamic in Shakespearean fashion. It is also unique in a world where there are many similar super hero movies and IP. “
Where mainstream superhero films have largely avoided direct discussion of politics and the implications of superheroics on the geopolitical sphere (Watchmen and the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier notwithstanding), the role of superhumans in a world which very much resembles our own is central to the themes of Jupiter’s Legacy.
No release date for the film has been set, but stay tuned for updates as they come and tell us if you’ll be seeing Jupiter’s Legacy when it hits theaters in the comments!