At age 93, Stan Lee continues to be an iconic figurehead for Marvel Comics at a time when their brand is bigger than it has ever been. He is credited with co-creating some of their most well-known characters including Spider-Man, X-Men and the Fantastic Four (although the exact details are up for debate) and last year he released a memoir called Amazing Fantastic Incredible. Now his life story is being brought to the big screen, although it will be a playful fictionalized version that, appropriately enough, re-envisions Stan the Man as an action hero. Hit the jump for more details on this unique project.
According to THR, 20th Century Fox has acquired the big screen rights to Stan Lee’s life with the intention of turning it into a period action-adventure movie. The film will be set in the ’70s and will not be a conventional biopic but rather something akin to Kingsman: The Secret Service or a Roger Moore-era Bond flick. No writer or director is currently attached but Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, The Maze Runner) are producing.
Stan Lee is known for his rags to riches story, having grown up in the Bronx in the ’30s and eventually stumbling into the comic book publishing world at the age of 17. His recent memoir was an illustrated graphic novel and this could be an interesting way to adapt it for the screen, although it is unclear just how much (if any) of the movie will be based in fact. Either way, this could be a lot of fun with the right tongue-in-cheek tone. Would you watch an action-packed Stan Lee biopic?