Move over, Wolverine! Stan Lee is going to be Fox’s latest action hero. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has acquired the rights to Lee’s life story, with plans to to adapt it as an action-adventure along the lines of “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” In the film, Lee will be a hero with an alter ego, much like his many Marvel creations.
That is to say, Fox’s upcoming Stan Lee film won’t be a biopic; Lee’s role in the movie has been described as akin to “Roger Moore’s 007,” which implies plenty of action, one-liners and flirting with women. The film will take place in the 1970s.
Lee is best known for co-creating iconic Marvel Comics characters like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and more with artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. He began working for Marvel in 1939, when the company was called Timely Comics. He eventually rose to the position of publisher and has long been the face of the company, appearing in just about every Marvel film from “X-Men” to “Captain America: Civil War.”
Fox is no stranger to Marvel properties, as the studio currently holds the rights to “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four.” Fox’s first “X-Men” film dropped in 2000 and has since evolved into a sprawling franchise, with six films and several spinoffs; it also attempted to relaunch the “Fantastic Four” franchise with a reboot that hit theaters just last year.
“Power Rangers” producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are on board to produce this as-yet-unnamed Stan Lee action film. The project does not currently have a writer.
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