Jeff Robinov is looking to bring the next great title from prolific comics creator Mark Millar to the big screen, set to adapt Millar’s forthcoming series HUCK. Robinov is executive producing under his newly formed Studio 8 banner, while Jon Silk oversees. When the comic was first announced in July, Millar revealed to Entertainment Weekly that a deal had already been struck to adapt the series, though further details remained undisclosed. Now, our sources confirm that Robinov’s shingle quietly picked up the title and is already out to writers/directors to adapt.
Though the first issue won’t hit shelves until November 18th, Huck has already garnered a great deal of attention, as the original superhero story is a unique departure from Millar’s previous works. The series follows the eponymous Huck, pitched as Captain America meets Forest Gump, a small-town Maine gas-station worker who has an incredible secret – he’s superstrong. Anonymously performing a good deed everyday is fine enough for Huck, though the good-natured countryman finds his quiet existence thrown into disarray when a newcomer to his town alerts the media.
A film adaptation of Huck would be a radical deviation from the current string of darker and gritter superhero pics that portray staple characters as flawed and morally ambiguous. In a time where it’s acceptable for Superman to outright murder his enemies, Huck returns superheroes to their roots, featuring a character whose heroism is pure in a world of cynicism.
Several of Millar’s comics have already been adapted into successful features, including Kick-Ass, Wanted, and The Secret Service, which was the basis for the box office hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. Nearly all of Millar’s original titles have been optioned, with many of them set up at 20th Century Fox and Universal. Meanwhile, several of his Marvel and DC titles, such as Ultimate Fantastic Four, Superman: Red Son, and Civil War, have been used as inspiration for forthcoming films.
Just last month, we reported that his comic Nemesis (which can be considered the complete opposite of Huck) was in talks to be picked up by Warner Bros. after it was initially optioned by Fox – a deal which we can now report has gone through. Millar is next reteaming with frequent collaborator Matthew Vaughn for a sequel to Kingsman.
Studio 8 just wrapped on Ang Lee’s drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which stars Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, and Vin Diesel. They’re next producing a remake of the vampire classic Nosferatu and the ice age-set adventure The Solutrean.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor