Comic icon Stan Lee developing movie projects

Tue Apr 1, 2008 10:18pm EDT
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Comic book legend Stan Lee has set up three projects at Disney, which houses his production shingle POW! Entertainment.

The projects are based on stories and ideas from the 85-year-old man behind Spider-Man and the Hulk, who will executive produce with his POW! partner Gill Champion.

"Nick Ratchet" revolves around the exploits of a private eye. Richard LaGravenese ("P.S. I Love You") is attached to write and direct

The action-adventure project "Blaze" is being written by Gary Goldman ("Next").

"Tigress" (working title) follows a woman who starts getting tiger-like instincts. The project is being written by relative newcomer Zoe Green, who wrote for BBC's "Wolverine & the X-Men" cartoon series.

Lee and Champion hope the projects will have franchise potential, with the first installment intended to serve as an origin story laying out the mythology of the plot and characters.

"I only hope Disney will have room at the theme park once they become the tentpole franchises that we envision them to be," Lee joked.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Stan Lee sits at the presentation of the Activision game Spider-Man: Friend or Foe during the E3 Media and Business Summit in Santa Monica, California July 11, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>