While speaking with Comic Book Resources, writer Mark Millar offered an update on the progress being made on the film adaptation of “Chrononauts,” his Image Comics series with artist Sean Murphy. The property was optioned by Universal back in March of this year, but updates on the project have been fear and far between since. Millar offhandedly mentioned that one actor might be interested back in May, but that’s it.
But now, as revealed in his CBR interview, Millar says “quite a few things are happening” with the “Chrononauts” film.
“My friend over at Universal was really keen to get it up and running,” explained Millar. “He said that it would be great for two big actors, and we got the guys we wanted. He always wanted to work with these guys, and it’s something I never thought of working in comics, but if you have what they call a ‘double header’ — two big stars cast together — it’s such a cracking thing for your movie. It’s really quite rare to have a Butch and Sundance kind of thing where you get two huge guys in one film. So this is our big sci-fi franchise with that idea, and hopefully we’ll get a few movies out of it. It’d be cool. And so we got this writer who I’m friendly with who worked on the ‘Fast & The Furious’ movies called Chris Morgan. Chris worked on ‘Wanted’ with me, so I’ve known him since about 2006. It’s great to be working with him again, and I’m going to LA in a month to meet with him. We’re also going to have one of the actors meeting us in London soon. It’s great, because it’s two big actors who interestingly have each done a superhero movie before. They’re two fan-favorite guys, and one of them is the hottest guy in town at the moment.”
These two actors will play scientists Dr. Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, the first time-travelers in history. While Millar didn’t do more than hint at the actors involved, he talked a little about when we will learn more about the film.
“We have an organized plan,” said Millar. “I know what we’re planning with the schedule. We want to get both actors signed. One is signed already, and they’re working with the other one even though he’s formally agreed. The deal’s just being done. We want to do something exciting, and it’s fun to have two big names on a poster. It’s funny. We were chatting, and we found this post from 1977 for the first ‘Superman’ movie. They took this poster to Cannes, and it was the first time that they announced that Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman were going to be in ‘Superman.’ To have a poster at Cannes with their faces on it and the Superman logo was really exciting. So we’re going to do something similar with ‘Chrononauts.’ It’ll be both their names and faces on a poster for the announcement.”
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