BREAKING: Waypoint Entertainment has acquired the rights to two Mark Millar properties: American Jesus and Supercrooks. Millar is the comic book writer of Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Waypoint’s Ken Kao (The Nice Guys) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive Pictures’ Russell Ackerman (Mama) and John Schoenfelder. Waypoint has a first-look deal with Addictive.
American Jesus was drawn by artist Peter Gross and follows a modern twelve-year-old boy who realizes he is the second coming of Jesus Christ who has returned to Earth in the present day in a final effort to save mankind. With illustrations by Leinil Francis Yu, Supercrooks is a cool, funny heist story about eight super-villains forced out of retirement in an attempt to rob the world’s most notorious crime boss.
The prolific Millar is a highly regarded and successful comic book writer, whose work also includes The Ultimates, which inspired much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Several of his original works — Superior, Chrononauts, Empress, Huck, MPH, and Starlight — are already in development for film or television.
“I only come to LA one week a year and do all my meetings in the pub during those seven days every September. On my most recent trip I met these guys and was wowed by their plans and the scale they’re working on. Leinil and I couldn’t be more delighted to have Supercrooks up and running with such talented people,” Millar said. “Peter Gross and I have held American Jesus back for a decade until the right team came along. This really is that team! The level of talent we’re talking about behind the camera has us all ridiculously excited. Fans of the books are in for an absolute treat.”
Millar is represented by lawyer Harris M. Miller II and agent Martin Spencer at Paradigm.
Waypoint Entertainment is a film and television development, production, and finance company which recently announced Scott Cooper’s Hostiles starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike and Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider starring Jared Leto. Waypoint is in post on Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling which Warner Bros. will release on May 20 which is also going to Cannes. They also have Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts; and Terrence Malick’s Weightless starring Ryan Gosling Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Rooney Mara.
Addictive Pictures is currently prepping Jeremy Saulnier’s next film Hold the Dark for A24, and recently closed a deal for Deeper written by Max Landis starring Bradley Cooper at MGM.