"Mage": The Film Discovered

Variety reports producer Lloyd Levin has acquired the rights to "The Hero Discovered" -- the first arc of Matt Wagner's planned "Mage" trilogy.

According to the article, the story is "a reinterpretation of the legend of Camelot" and "centers on Kevin Matchstick, an alienated young man who discovers he has superhuman abilities, gains a magic baseball bat and defeats the nefarious plans of a being called the Umbra Sprite."

Initially published from 1984 to 1986, "Mage: the Hero Discovered" was followed by "The Hero Defined" in 1990. The final story arc, "The Hero Denied" has long been planned, but is not set for release anytime soon. Within the pages of "The Hero Discovered," Wagner first published the Grendel tale, "Devil by the Deed"

"It has always been a favorite book of mine," Levin told Variety. "It's one of the great untapped comic books from the '80s renaissance that also spawned 'Watchmen' and 'Batman: Dark Knight.'" In addition to last year's "Watchmen," Levin's producing credits include both "Hellboy" films, the "Hellboy Animated" project, "Mystery Men", "The Rocketeer", and most recently "The Green Zone."

This is not the first time "Mage" was set for a feature film adaptation. The project previously sat at Spyglass Entertainment with Zack Snyder attached to direct.

Levin will produce the film with Andrew Cosby of "Eureka" and Boom! Studios. "The timing is good," said Wagner. "In the past, (filmmakers) tried to fix the material. Now they try to adhere to the material."

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