Excelsior! Let the wonderment–and the horror–begin!
Horror tales penned by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee will be adapted to the screen, according to a report on Deadline, with filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) developing this new cinematic universe alongside ZQ Entertainment.
POW! Entertainment, a company founded by Lee after he left the House of Ideas, will serve as executive producer on the projects.
The first two stories have already been chosen for screen adaptations. Carnival of Killers, set during the Great Plains Dust Bowl storms of the 1930s, follows a young girl with psychic abilities “who senses that the traveling carnival she and her mother sought refuge in is Ground Zero for a looming alien invasion.”
The other story–Sawbones–follows a frail 12-year-old, Alex Covin, “who reads a mysterious comic book and is transported into the comic’s terrifying world–a haunted Juvenile Detention Center overrun by demonic forces led by Sawbones, a homicidal entity who preys upon the troubled inmates.”
Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (the directing team that helmed the latest Pet Sematary adaptation) will write Carnival of Killers, and Matt Greenberg (co-writer of Pet Sematary) will handle the script for Sawbones.
Younger comic book fans may not know that Lee–famed, of course, for the legions of super-heroes he co-created for Marvel Comics–wrote scores of horror comics (primarily with the help of artist Jack Kirby) in the 1950s.
Gill Champion, president of POW! Entertainment, said Lee “relished revisiting the genre a few years ago when he wrote these stories, and we are excited to bring them to life with director Timur Bekmambetov. Fans will be surprised to experience a darker side of Stan Lee than they’ve ever witnessed before.”
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