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The chipper world of Mark Millar


If there’s one word we’d use to describe writer Mark Millar, it’s “chipper.” It’s all happening right in front of his eyes and he can’t believe it! Reading his update on the Hollywood status of his WAR HEROES project, you can’t help but see that he’s got it covered!:

I was in London working (and hanging out with some MW buds) over the last couple of days, but War Heroes officially went out to the studios yesterday after a few weeks of informal chats. I woke up to find a cluster of emails from Martin Spencer, my agent at CAA, and my attorney Harris Miller.

The good news? Pretty much all the big guys in town are going in for this and things should really start moving in the next couple of days. Tony and I had a dream director in mind for the project and, weirdly, he was the first email, suggesting he directs if his production company gets their hands on the material. But three genuine heroes are already in the mix for this so I have a feeling we’re going to end up in good hands.

After weeks of informal chats (we wanted to wait until issue two was actually in print and they had either script or full plot for the remaining issues) we’re really going to MOVE now. It’s going to be an exciting few days, I think. As ever, I’ll keep you posted. But this is my last NEW Hollywood thing until the Spring. I’ve pretty much finished all my current commitments and want to get deep into Ultimate Avengers before I start up anything else.

“Pretty much” his last Hollywood commitment….hm, could that leave the door open to more schmoozing and dining and texting and leaving messaging? Whatever it is…it’s exciting!

But…see also…rumors that WAR HEROES is too similar to GRUNTS, another optioned comic about soldiers with superpowers:

Millar describes War Heroes as “Full Metal Jacket meets The X-Men”. The series is “set a couple of years in the future. John McCain has just won the election and the war in the Gulf is getting bigger, so they give the troops superpower pills. That gets all the young American kids signing up to fight the Iraqis.”

Grunts is described as “24 meets the X-Men” with “Tom Clancy on speed” military style action. The pitch: “During World War II, an American squad encounters a German superhuman assault squad and starts a Eugenics Race that carries into present day! “


  1. And while we are on the subject of Millar’s so called “original” ideas being very similar to existing characters and concepts, I should point out that KICK-ASS is similar to Mark Hamil’s BLACK PEARL character/comic (which came out in the 90’s). Speaking of KICK-ASS, it could be argued that the father/daughter vigilante duo Big Daddy and Hit Girl are very similar to the father/daughter crime fighting bounty hunter duo that star in the comic BODY BAGS.

  2. War Heroes, taking place post 9/11, is already a different comic, with a different message and idea. If you really want to get down to the nitty gritty, they both seem to be inspired by Captain America.

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