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Showtime enlists gay superhero

Stan Lee to produce hourlong series

Showtime is developing an hourlong project from comicbook icon Stan Lee that tracks the life of a gay superhero.

Project is being exec produced by Lee and the president and CEO of his Pow! Entertainment banner, Gill Champion.

Story, which focuses on an up-and-coming superhero who struggles to hide his secret identities, is based on the book “Hero” by Perry Moore.

Moore is penning the script and also exec producing along with Hunter Hill.

Previous series television produced by Lee includes whimsical reality-competish skein “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?,” which ran on the Sci Fi Channel from 2005-07.

The comicbook maven is in development on several features for Paramount, including “Thor,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and a sequel to last summer’s “Iron Man.”

Project joins more than a half-dozen others in development at Showtime, including a series retelling of “Camelot” from “Tudors” creatives Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan.

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