Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mark Millar hired as a creative consultant for 20th Century Fox's Marvel films

Mark Millar is the author of some amazing graphic novels, including Kick-Ass and Nemesis.  The former already became a gem of an adaptation to film; the latter is in the works in Hollywood.  He has also written for numerous Marvel titles over the years.  In any event, he is a comic book celebrity.  Similar to the Frank Miller and Grant Morrisons of the world.  Today comes some pretty interesting news.  Check out this quote from a press release by 20th Century Fox:
Marking an expanded commitment to some of its most important franchises, Twentieth Century Fox has brought on comics superstar Mark Millar to serve as a creative consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties. 
A lot of comic book/film fans feel 20th Century Fox has ruined their favorite Marvel heroes on film.  Daredevil, ElecktraGhost Rider and both Fantastic Four films were sub-par in their minds (I only disagree on Daredevil, I liked it).  The X-Men films have had a mix of success (X-Men, X2, X-Men: First Class) and huge, utter failures (X3: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolvervine).  Regardless, all of the above have had their share of financial success.

A part of me loves the news, because Fox ignored the source material in those failures listed above.  Having Millar to help consult on the source material is a huge asset.  But how much affect does a creative consultant have on the finished product of a film?  I think that's the bigger question.  Geoff Johns is the world's biggest Green Lantern fan, and a successful writer of the comic book series.  He was a creative consultant on the Green Lantern film, and that movie was; well, I'm still working on forgetting that movie.  In the end, I don't think it's going to matter if Millar helps out Fox or not.  It's going to come down to what it has always come down to.  A good story, great characters and a director with a clear vision.

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