Joe Cornish to adapt Mark Millar’s Starlight for next project

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Joe Cornish’s third film will be an adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book hero Starlight, that he will both write and direct.

We know Joe Cornish is choosy about the projects he involves himself with. Following his incredible 2010 debut feature, Attack the Block, Cornish wouldn’t helm another film for almost a decade, next releasing The Kid Who Would Be King, in 2019. Hopefully though, we’re in for a shorter turnaround before getting to see Cornish’s next project materialise as it’s been announced that the director has signed on to write and helm an adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel, Starlight. 

The limited six issue run of the comic told the story of Duke McQueen, a Flash Gordon-style space adventurer called back into action.

The synopsis reads:

Forty years ago, Duke McQueen was the space hero who saved the universe. But then he came back home, got married, had kids, and grew old. Now his children have left and his wife has died, leaving him alone with nothing except his memories…until a call comes from a distant world asking him back for his final and greatest adventure.

As you might expect with this being a story by Kick-Ass and American Jesus comic books scribe Mark Millar, the book contains a streak of subversion to keep things interesting.

Millar’s comic book properties are as hot as ever and ripe for adaptation still, with the success of Wanted, Kick-Ass and the Kingsman films meaning Hollywood is as keen as ever to use the writer’s work. His 2019 deal to sell many of his properties to Netflix continued with the recent trailer for Jupiter’s Legacy, created by Millar

Cornish has a subversive streak too, with his original script for Marvel’s Ant-Man and Attack The Block demonstrating that he’s one hell of a director to take on this material. We’re certainly excited about this one, and we’re happy to finally see movement on the film following its official announcement back in 2015 with Gary Whitta as the original helmer. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.


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