It seems Fox finally realized it doesn’t have to keep churning out subpar Marvel movies to stay in the comics biz (Deadpool was a fluke brought on by intense fan scrutiny, just like Serenity). Deadline reports that Fox has acquired the rights to Irredeemable from comics publisher Boom! Studios.
They’re not half-assing this either, by tapping recent Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner Adam McKay to direct. McKay’s past experience with comics movies comes from co-writing both Ant-Man (after the departure of Edgar Wright) and the upcoming Ant-Man & The Wasp. Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) is adapting the story.
Irredeemable follows a superhero group called Paradigm as they attempt to take down their strongest member, The Plutonian, as he loses control and uses his power to kill those who oppose him. Basically, as if all of those bureaucrats in Batman vs Superman and Captain America: Civil War were right about rogue superheroes all along (are they ever?).
The heroes turn to their greatest enemy for help in taking down the Plutonian, which is the story thread to the companion series do Irredeemable, Incorruptible, which follows super villain Max Damage on his path to redemption. According to Deadline, Fox is planning on using the series to launch a whole new comics cinematic universe to rival the MCU and DCU.
Boom! Studios has only been around for a decade, but it has already set other projects at Fox and won multiple Eisner Awards. If this succeeds, we could begin to see movie studios take closer looks at indie comics for source material.
Could Fox be loosening its death grips on the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises?
With new entrant Deadpool now handily available to inject much needed life into their Marvel properties, it’s highly doubtful.
What do you think of Boom! Studios’ rise? Will Fox make it into another Fantastic Four or does it have another potential Deadpool on its hands?
Tell us in the comments.