Comic book creator and screenwriter Mark Millar (Kingsman, Kick-Ass) is readying another of his properties for the big screen now in the form of Empress. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum are partnering with Millar for an adaptation of the sci-fi space opera which sees the wife of an evil dictator on a desperate mission to escape to her home world with her three children – 15 year-old Aine who wants to be with her father, 10 year-old Adam, and 18-month old Puck.
“Nobody creates universes that translate into big movie ideas better than Millar,” said Kirschenbaum. “With Empress, he’s raised the bar yet again. Part Star Wars, part Guardians of the Galaxy and part something wholly fresh that only the amazing brain of Millar could spawn.”
Said Millar: “In terms of pure concept, this is the most ambitious story I’ve ever come up with, so it needed the most experienced producers I’ve ever been in business with. Joe Roth is a genuine Hollywood legend and Jeff Kirschenbaum was part of the team that broke every record in the book at Universal last year. Even being on the same poster as these two guys is exciting to me.”
Millar launched its first issue last month to fruition; Issue 2 releases this week. F. Scott Frazier, the current scribe of Paramount Pictures’s xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage has been attached to write the script while further details remain pending.