Mark Millar Turns Down Opportunity to Write X-Men 4
03.30.10 by Ryan
Fox may be looking for a new director for X-Men: First Class now that Bryan Singer is now just producing the movie after his commitment to direct Jack the Giant Killer prohibited him from directing the project.
However, Fox remains undaunted, putting yet another X-Men project in the works. Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar told fans on his Millarworld forum that he was asked to write X-Men 4 for Fox, but turned them down.
Why? I love the X-Men movies. The exec at Fox also seemed like a really smart guy who knows exactly what worked and didn't work about the earlier trilogy. He has an abiding love for the comics and knew my work better than I did. I have no doubt he's going to put together an amazing movie here because the people he's talking about behind the camera are all friends and heroes of mine. He also offered me massive scope with the story and I have an idea I really like, something that takes the franchise in a really fresh direction. But you know what?
I'm having so much fun creating my own characters and enjoying the control this gives you over the comic-books and the movies that handling an established franchise seems odd to me now. It's tempting, SO tempting for a guy who's been a fanboy as long as he can remember, but I need to stick to my guns. I want to create the NEXT generation of superheroes over the next few years and going back would, I think, be a mistake.
Millar continues to say that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is "being offered everything you can imagine" due to the potential success of the movie, but both he and Millar "agreed that keeping complete control is what made Kick-Ass such an amazing experience for both of us." Millar is still "holding out" for a director of his comic book Nemesis, and says that he and Vaughn "already have our next movie planned out," which will be based on another upcoming comic book Millar will release in September.
Millar is also busy writing his own superhero movie that he will direct in Scotland, so clearly he is not want for work. However, despite Millar's work overload, he still questions whether turning down Fox was a good idea.
But it's still the friggin' X-Men, guys. Have I gone mad? Was it nuts to turn this down?
Perhaps. Perhaps not. But someone will accept Fox's offer to write X-Men , which means that the bad taste left in the mouths of fans by 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand"> won't have to last forever.