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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Captain Canuck?
Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? But that’s not going to stop Mind’s Eye Entertainment from bringing Richard Comely’s Canadian comic-book hero Captain Canuck to the big screen in hopes of stealing some audience members away from The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises.
The Vancouver Sun reports that screenwriter Arne Olsen will tackle script duties, saying that with the success of alternate comic book properties, things are “really fortuitous for us in terms of timing.”
Yes, the industry does seems to be obsessed with comic-book properties. The announcements of Marvel’s “Phase Two” at Comic-Con last weekend was greeted with near-Biblical enthusiasm. And D.C. Comics is about to fill its bank vaults with the pending Batman movie, Rises. Canada needs to get in on the game.
Olsen was selected by Mind’s Eye from a pool of potential writers who’d submitted 15-page treatments on how they’d handle Captain Canuck. He has written for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Here’s to Life before, and he says that Canuck will be presented in the “cartoony vein” of Captain America. The hero was first introduced in 1975, and was created when Canadian International Security Organization officer Tom Evans is exposed to Zeta rays during a camping trip. Like most heroes, he’s extremely patriotic. Like most Canadian heroes, he likely loves hockey. Do you think a Captain Canuck movie will fly outside of Toronto and Montreal? Let us know your thoughts.