Mining popular books, comics and graphic novels for movie ideas has been something filmdom has excelled at basically since the beginning of moving pictures. Usually, a book or comic has to be released upon the populace and gain an audience before producers and film studios become interested in adapting them. But now, with so many in Hollywood looking for fresh ideas, it looks like comic scribe Mark Millar has gotten his new comic, "Empress," into Hollywood’s hands before it’s even released. Another kicker? There’s already a star attached to play the lead role.
Well, Mark Millar doesn’t waste any time at all, does he? Millar posted this tease as to who the leading lady in the new film will be on his Twitter page earlier today, and the fans who follow him are having a field day trying to guess who it is. Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Margot Robbie and Krysten Ritter seem to be the most popular guesses, but some people are doing their best to come up with the silliest answers possible. Some of those ridiculous guesses? Terry Crews, Betty White, Forest Whitaker, Lady Gaga, Rob Schneider, Eddie Redmayne, and my favorite, "Tracy Jordan playing Jack Black playing Anne Hathaway."
The story for the comic, and, we can assume at this point, the movie adaptation of Empress, centers on an intergalactic adventure where a mother of three decides to escape her husband’s tyrannical rule over their planet by fleeing with a trusted body guard back to her home planet. The catch? The planet she’s queen of is Earth – 65 million years ago.
The comic is due to be released this April. And, if you notice in that photo from the tweet, it looks like the mystery lead for Empress will be revealed on April 6, so it’s incredibly likely that the comic is released on or slightly before that date. From the basic premise, it sounds like this film will be one special effects heavy potential blockbuster that anyone who’s interested in fantasy should be on the lookout for.
Mark Millar has written some of the most intriguing and popular comics of the last several years, and many of those have been adapted into big budget and/or action heavy films. Millar is the writer behind the comics "Captain America: Civil War," "Kick-Ass," and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "Wanted." He’s also the mind behind "Huck," "Jupiter’s Legacy" and "Chrononauts."
As far as up coming fantasy epics go, Empress is, without even knowing who the cast will be, already sounding like a fantastic film. We’ll keep you up to date on Empress news as it develops.