Comics scribe Millar's series set for film

Universal Pictures has acquired rights to Scottish comics scribe Mark Millar’s “Wanted” series for Marc Platt to produce.

Millar, well known in the comicbook world, has written for Marvel’s top titles, including “Ultimate X-Men” and “Ultimate Fantastic Four.” Previously, he penned “Superman: Red Son” for DC Comics.

“Wanted” is a title that Millar wrote and independently published through his own Millarworld imprint and Top Cow distributor.

Kickstart Prods., which reps numerous comics properties, brought the property to Platt execs Adam Siegel and Jared LeBoff.

Millar will exec produce along with Kickstart’s Jason Netter and Top Cow’s Marc Silvestri.

Platt is seeking a writer to bring on to the project.

“Wanted” is a dark tale with a dearth of good guys. A nebbishy white-collar worker who hates job, girlfriend and life discovers he’s the son of the most evil supervillain on Earth. When Dad is assassinated, the angry young man inherits his father’s superpowers and starts life among the other super-villains who secretly control the planet.

London’s Daily Star quoted Millar claiming that Eminem was in talks to play the lead role, but the rapper’s reps at UTA, as well as a rep for Universal, say Eminem is not attached, nor is he in talks on the pic.

U vice chair Scott Stuber and exec Jeff Kirschenbaum are supervising.

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