For a man of almost 90, Stan Lee shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary comic book writer continues to attend conventions all over and still pens stories, including the recent 3D promotional comic for "Captain America: The First Avenger." Now he has two new projects in development.
First, Lee's POW! Entertainment and Fidelis Entertainment (together as Panda Media Partners) have joined forces with Hong Kong investment company Ricco Capital Holdings to form Magic Storm Entertainment. The partnership will produce a new franchise of Lee's superheroes for the Chinese and world marketplace.
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy ("Real Steel") has been tapped by Magic Storm to pen the new film, presently going by the working title "The Annihilator." The Chinese project will tell the tale of a young man who returns to his homeland and administers justice as a superhero. Lee stated that the character is "the most incredibly original and unique superhero I've created in a long time," according to Deadline.
It sounds to me like every other superhero film or comic book. The only difference is the character is Chinese and the action will most likely take place in a major Chinese metropolitan area. If a Chinese director helms it, then we could possibly get a new perspective we haven't seen before.
Secondly, Lee just sold the rights to an unnamed superhero property to Lionsgate. The project will be directed, written, and produced by "Smallville" masterminds Alfred Gough and Miles Millar through Millar/Gough Ink. Lee approached Gough and Millar because he loved their work on "Smallville" and "Spider-Man 2." Lee will be producing with Gil Champion through POW! Entertainment.
Lee and Lionsgate are being tight-lipped about the project. All they've said is it will be a "multigenerational superhero movie that spans several decades." The concept almost sounds like a take on "Sky High" and "No Ordinary Family."
Besides these two projects, Lee will be collaborating with C2 Ventures for Dallas Comic Con 2012 in May. His last appearance in Dallas helped bring over 10,000 attendees to the event. He will once again be the guest of honor and headliner for the upcoming convention.
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- Stan Lee