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Just because much of the news surrounding comic book movies at present involves sequelizing and furthering established properties, doesn't mean there aren't original heroes being developed for film as well. In December of 2011, Dan Gilroy ('Real Steel') was hired to write a screenplay based on a brand new character created by the one and only Stan Lee. The character was called Annihilator, a Chinese expatriate forced to choose between prison and an American super soldier program. He undergoes a dangerous procedure that gives him enhanced abilities, and he is pitted against an old rival who has been similarly enhanced. Now it appears the film version of Annihilator has found a producer in Barry Josephson ('Bones'). He will be producing alongside Magic Storm Entertainment. Their CEO, Eric Mika, had this to say...
"Barry is the perfect partner at every level to produce a film of this magnitude that targets a global market, including mainland China. Barry’s talents combined with Dan Gilroy’s explosive script makes Stan Lee’s treatment extremely powerful and a cornerstone for a unique franchise."
This is an intriguing project. Once again, we're talking about a completely original character; one that hasn't even been in print. This is usually the point in the proceedings wherein we discuss which actor might be most apt to embody the character and/or which crucial elements of the source material the screenwriter need flesh out. Here, we don't have the luxury of source material so we must go entirely upon the conceptual logline for the character. The super soldier program obviously smacks a bit of Captain America, and there are elements of Wolverine in the manner by which he receives his powers. Hell, based on the design above, he even sort of resembles Wolverine. It's also interesting that Mika mentions targeting the Chinese market with this character. Some of the casting decisions made for 'Iron Man 3' were made with similar designs on cultivating a Chinese audience. I'm excited to see how Gilroy's script establishes this new character and allows him to stand apart from some of his Marvel brethren. And now that the project has a producer, the question becomes where will this film be released so as to not conflict with any number of other massive Marvel movies over the next few years.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in an Annihilator movie? Is it wise for Stan Lee to develop a comic hero specifically for film?
Source: Superhero Hype