'Wanted' creator Mark Millar, who's somewhat notorious for using well-placed hype to jump-start his ambitions, may be up to his old tricks in a recent interview with the UK's Daily Record.
In the interview Millar talks about his dream of writing the new 'Superman' movie, something he lobbied hard for before Bryan Singer took over the franchise years back. But now Singer is in charge and Millar is on the outside looking in.
Or is he?
What the comics writer told the Daily Record makes it seems as if he has his chess pieces in place to wrest control of the franchise away from the director and into the waiting embrace of his own hand-picked team:
"Since I was a kid I've always wanted to reinvent Superman for the 21st century," Millar said. "I've been planning this my entire life. I've got my director and producer set up, and it'll be 2011. This is how far ahead you have to think.
"The Superman brand is toxic after that last movie lost [money], but in 2011 we're hoping to restart it. Sadly I can't say who the director is, but we may make it official by Christmas."
The comments are somewhat puzzling. What will be made official? No doubt Millar and his unnamed producer are not in a position to simply claim control of the 'Superman' franchise. While they could be negotiating with Warner Bros. to oust Singer, it would seem like a monumental task to actually make that happen.
While Millar's comments come across as very assertive and definitive, he closes the 'Superman' talk with a softer remark.
"...Fingers crossed it could work out, that would be my lifetime's dream."
Dream? Hoax? Imaginary Story? Or will Millar and some amazing director really make the next 'Superman' film for release three years from now? We'll find out in the next six months!