“American Jesus” and “Supercrooks” are headed to film. According to Deadline, Waypoint Entertainment has acquired the rights to both properties, which were written by “Kingsman” scribe Mark Millar and drawn by artists Peter Gross and Leinil Francis Yu respectively.
Millar — the writer behind “Kick-Ass” and Marvel Comics’ “Civil War” — will produce the film Waypoint’s Ken Kao and Dan Kao as well as Addictive Pictures’ Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder. In addition to these works, Millar has also masterminded “Wanted,” “Superior,” “Chrononauts,” “Empress,” “Huck,” “MPH” and “Starlight.”
Drawn by Gross, “American Jesus” follows the second coming of Jesus Christ; in this graphic novel, a modern-day 12-year-old boy realizes he is the second coming of the Messiah and must make one last effort to save mankind. The work was originally published as “Chosen” at Dark Horse Comics, but was subsequently re-titled “American Jesus” when Image Comics collected it.
Yu worked with Millar on “Supercrooks,” which finds eight retired super-villains back on the job for a heist. Together, they attempt the rob the world’s most notorious crime boss. Nacho Vigalondo — who co-plotted the graphic novel — was originally announced as director of the planned movie version, which was optioned before release.
Both works were originally optioned for film back in October 2011.
“I only come to LA one week a year and do all my meetings in the pub during those seven days every September. On my most recent trip I met these guys and was wowed by their plans and the scale they’re working on. Leinil [Yu] and I couldn’t be more delighted to have ‘Supercrooks’ up and running with such talented people,” Millar said in a statement. “Peter Gross and I have held ‘American Jesus’ back for a decade until the right team came along. This really is that team! The level of talent we’re talking about behind the camera has us all ridiculously excited. Fans of the books are in for an absolute treat.”
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