Is Mark Millar The Boy Who Cried Wolverine?

He told the world that Eminem was going to be in a film version of Wanted.

He told them that he was going to be writing Superman.

He told them that Civil War was the best selling comic in 15 years, or he’d eat his cape. (But didn’t)

He told them that he’d bought an advertising hoarding for Nemesis in the middle of Times Square.

Today, he’s reporting that he was offered the X-Men 4 writing gig – but that he turned it down. Mark Millar writes;

Fox just offered me X-Men 4… but I turned it down.

Why? I love the X-Men movies. The exec at Fox also seemed like a really smart guy who knows exactly what worked and didn’t work about the earlier trilogy. He has an abiding love for the comics and knew my work better than I did. I have no doubt he’s going to put together an amazing movie here because the people he’s talking about behind the camera are all friends and heroes of mine. He also offered me massive scope with the story and I have an idea I really like, something that takes the franchise in a really fresh direction.

But you know what?

I’m having so much fun creating my own characters and enjoying the control this gives you over the comic-books and the movies that handling an established franchise eems odd to me now. It’s tempting, SO tempting for a guy who’s been a fanboy as long as he can remember, but I need to stick to my guns. I want to create the NEXT generation of superheroes over the next few years and going back would, I think, be a mistake.

Vaughn is being offered everything you can imagine too in the wake of Kick-Ass, but we both agreed that keeping complete control is what made Kick-Ass such an amazing experience for both of us. Six big producers have now come forward for Nemesis (I’ve always said I’m holding off until April 17th before I let CAA take this out) and Vaughn and I already have our next movie planned out, based on a book I’m doing with Leinil Francis Yu in September.

But it’s still the friggin’ X-Men, guys. Have I gone mad? Was it nuts to turn this down?

Millarworld boarders have responded supporting Mark’s decision. Or though a couple are wondering just how true it is.

Now I have no reason to state that Millar’s account is not 100% truthful. But, naturally, some people are sceptical. And it was an excuse for a great headline…

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