Twentieth Century Fox buys Stan Lee’s life rights for 1970s action adventure movie
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the world-renowned comic book creator Stan Lee will be the inspiration for a fictional movie set in the ‘70s.
Stan Lee is best known for his association with Marvel Comics. He first created the “Fantastic Four” in 1961, and then went on to create beloved characters such as, Spider Man, X-Men, Iron Man and The Hulk.
The world has seen almost all of Lee’s major creations come to life on the big screen, but never a movie where Stan Lee is the main character. The movie is not planned to be a biopic, rather an adventure-type movie with Stan Lee as the protagonist.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, the producers of “Twilight” and “The Maze Runner” are attached to the project.
While no screenwriter has been attached to the project, there is speculation that the movie will see Stan Lee as a James Bond-like character who flirts while saving the world.
Stan Lee first moved to Hollywood in the 1970s to pursue his dream of bringing his characters to the silver screen. If filmmakers plan to pull small details from Stan Lee’s actual life, Los Angeles in the 70’s would be a provocative setting.
Twentieth Century Fox also has the film rights to the Fantastic Four and X-Men films, so it’s possible that we may see a merging of these cinematic universes in the upcoming film.
Stan Lee fans are already asking for “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston to star in the film; which would no doubt be a dream casting for the Stan Lee character. Bradley Cooper and Edward Norton could also be actors who could portray the iconic comic book creator.
Stan Lee has one of the biggest and most passionate followings in the world, so expectations for the movie will be sky-high. Now that the news has been announced, the pressure is on the filmmakers to deliver what the fans want.