Comic-book "Heroes" tapped for movie

Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:01pm EDT
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By Leslie Simmons and Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "War Heroes," the latest comic-book series by Mark Millar and Tony Harris, is headed for the big screen, with Michael De Luca ("21") producing for Sony's Columbia Pictures.

The story centers on a U.S. military experimental program, developed in light of dwindling enlistments and the expanding war on terrorism, that gives ordinary soldiers superpowers. When a rogue group of the supersoldiers breaks off to form a criminal enterprise, one hero rises from their ranks to prevent catastrophic results.

No writer has yet been brought aboard the project.

Outside of Marvel and DC titles, Millar's creator-owned comics have become some of the most sought-after material for Hollywood. The Scot's comic-book series "Wanted," created with J.G. Jones, was adapted for the big screen and released through Universal in June. The film, starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, has grossed $293 million worldwide.

A superhero-themed comic by Millar and John Romita Jr., "Kick-Ass," is in production with Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse starring.

Harris' comic "Ex Machina," co-created with writer Brian K. Vaughan, is in development at New Line.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter