Scots comic book star wins top job at Fox

Last night, movie marvels Fox announced that top Scottish comic book creator and friend of Source magazine Mark Millar will be stepping up as a consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on their Marvel Comic film adaptations.

Mark, who’s originally from the Lanarkshire town of Coatbridge, is best known for the big-screen adaptations of his works Kick-Ass and Wanted, but before he launched his own Millarworld company, the star was working for the big-name comic book publishers. He’s worked on several Marvel titles, including the Ultimates, Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Civil War. He’s got several movies in the pipeline right now, including Kick-Ass 2, The Secret Service, Superior, and Nemesis — the latter is in development at Fox. He’ll work with Fox on developing new avenues for its X-Men and Fantastic Four branches too.

TCF production president Emma Watts said last night: “We are excited to be working with Mark. In addition to his ground-breaking Marvel work, he is simply one of the most original voices in comics today and will be an invaluable resource to us and to our film makers as we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe.”

Coming up, Mark will be working on The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is being directed by Matthew Vaughn and a reboot of the Fantastic Four.

Mark said: “As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both. I spent ten years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with Chronicle. The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.”

About Mark Millar
Mark Millar is the writer of Civil War, Marvel’s biggest-selling series of the fifteen years, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Ultimates (described by Time magazine in 2010 as the best comic series of the decade). His Millarworld line of comics boasts a roster of creator-owned books such as Wanted, turned into a blockbuster movie starring Angelina Jolie; Kick-Ass, which starred Nicolas Cage; and Nemesis, which Fox is presently developing as a theatrical feature. Kick-Ass 2 is currently filming in London and Toronto, starring Jim Carrey and Chris Mintz-Plasse and Universal is also developing his War Heroes series with Mike DeLuca producing. The Secret Service, co-created with Watchmen legend Dave Gibbons and X-Men First Class director Matthew Vaughn, is also currently in development. In his native UK, he’s the editor of CLiNT magazine, an advisor on film to the Scottish government and managing director of his film and television company Millarworld Productions.”

About 20th Century Fox Film
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

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