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Lee busy with plenty in pipeline

Comic icon sets up a plethora of projects

Stan Lee, who turned 88 last month, shows no signs of slowing down.

His company POW! Entertainment is developing everything from a reimagining of “Romeo and Juliet” to a Las Vegas-style action show. Lee also devotes some time to keep tabs on his classic franchises. He recently saw a rehearsal for the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” calling it “indescribable” and “fantastic” and says he “can’t wait” for the currently filming “Spider-Man” reboot film to be released, describing the concept as “revolutionary.”

Beyond “The Guardian Project,” here’s a look at what else Lee and POW! president Gil Champion have in the works:

  • ‘THE NEXT BRUCE LEE’

    Developing nearly a dozen screenplays, including two starring original superheroes with international backgrounds. One will feature the first Chinese superhero, who Lee hopes “will be the next Bruce Lee.” There is also a Mumbai-raised Indian superhero in the works.

  • WHEREFORE ART THOU?

    Preparing to release a coffee table book with 1821 Comics called “Romeo and Juliet: The War in Mid-2011.” This will be the first of a three-book set. “It takes place 200 years into the future, and it will be a superhero-type story,” says Lee, who is also developing it as a potential film vehicle.

  • CHILD’S PLAY

    Adapting “Kid Fitness,” a TV show that promotes health worldwide, on multiple platforms. “It is the first educational superhero project” the company has tackled, Lee says.

  • IT TAKES TWO TO ‘TAO’

    Putting the final touches on the script for a live-action musical adventure called

    “The Yin and Yang Battle of Tao.” Lee promises it will be “twice as big and two times as exciting” as Cirque du Soleil. Once completed, there are talks to premiere in China.

  • HISTORY IN THE MAKING

    Negotiating with cabler History net for a second season of Stan Lee’s “Superhumans,” about individuals with extraordinary skills.

  • ‘SEEKERS’ SHALL FIND

    Working with MTV on digital comicbook “The Seekers” that will go online via the MTV Geek website. Lee will choose an artist based on viewer submissions on the MTV Geek site.

  • ‘SEVEN,’ ‘ZERO’ MORE THAN A NUMBER

    Continuing with a list of comicbook titles including “The Mighty Seven,” “Starborn,” “The Traveler,” “Airwalker” and “Soldier Zero.”

More from Variety Visionary: Stan Lee:
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