Millar, Yu & Gross Prep Comic Sequels For "Supercrooks" & "American Jesus"

Mark Millar may have a lot of irons in the Hollywood forge right now, but that doesn't mean he's stopping work in the entertainment realm here it all started.

On the heels of news that two Millarworld comic book properties have been newly optioned by Waypoint Entertainment, the writer revealed to the Hollywood Reporter that he'll pull the trigger on comic sequels to both "Supercrooks" and "American Jesus" in 2017.

Drawn by Leinil Francis Yu and originally planned as a potential film vehicle for European director Nacho Vigalondo, "Supercrooks" will now continue with a second series subtitled "The Bounty Hunter." And Millar told the trade that his plans for the capes-meets-capers series don't end there. "I have five arc planned," he explained, adding of the delay between books 1 and 2, "The stars never quite aligned for [Yu and I] and he was always in the middle of a contract when I was free and vice versa. But we decided we'd definitely do this about six months ago and I'm writing it over summer once all my current commitments are done."

More "American Jesus" has been in the offing for even longer. Initially discussed publicly by Millar as a longer series of minis back when the book was published under the title "Chosen" with artist Peter Gross in 2004, the rebranded series has been in Millar's workload for years. "Believe it or not, I've been writing and rewriting for 10 years," he said. "I've had the first issue of the sequel written since 2006 and been slowly piecing the rest of it together since. But around Christmas it all started coming together very well. My great fear was the real Jesus coming back before I finished it."

"Peter and I never really felt anyone had the same take we did on the material, and so we held it back until these guys we just signed up with," the writer added of the new film option. "The very worst suggestion, almost 10 years ago, was someone who told us that it was one of their favorite pieces of material, but would read a lot better if we removed Jesus from it!"

Stay tuned to CBR later this week for more with Millar on the future of Millarworld.

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