'The Annihilator' aimed at Asian auds
Stan Lee helped launch Magic Storm Entertainment this summer to bring his newest superhero characters to life, particularly for Asian auds — and now one is on the way, as the film finance company has hired “Real Steel” screenwriter Dan Gilroy to introduce the Annihilator.
It’s the first film project for Magic Storm, a joint creation of Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Hong-Kong-based Ricco Capital Holdings and Fidelis Entertainment. Los Angeles-based Magic Storm, topped by CEO Eric Mika, was launched in June to develop and finance a slate of superhero fare designed to appeal to Asian markets, but that can cross over to others.
Gilroy will begin work on the story of a young Chinese man given a second chance as an international superhero who returns home to mete out justice.
“Words can’t express how excited I am about this project,” Lee said. “It’s based on the most incredibly original and unique superhero I’ve created in a long time.”
The CAA-repped Gilroy’s credits include Universal’s “Two for the Money” and the upcoming “The Bourne Legacy.”
“Stan (Lee) is straight-up at the top of his game,” Gilroy said, “and it’s a joy to have a hand in bringing this to the screen.”