Chris Columbus takes on Sub-Mariner

Sub-Mariner.jpgNow my first thought that struck me was Patrick Duffy and The Man from Atlantis! Hopefully that won’t be how it turns out.

News through Coming Soon from Variety is that Chris Columbus has been scheduled in to produce and direct the marvel comic adaptation of Sub-Mariner for Universal Pictures.

Marvel Studios chairman-CEO Avi Arad and former Universal production president-turned-producer Kevin Misher are producing the film along with Columbus and his 1492 Productions.

David Self (Road to Perdition) wrote the script and is executive producing the film.

Sub-Mariner is based on Marvel’s first superhero, Prince Namor, a half-amphibian man from the kingdom of Atlantis. A troubled rebel with a fierce temper, he has both helped the human race and fought against it when humankind polluted his underwater kingdom.

I only read a few comics of Sub-Mariner, but it did look like an interesting story, but the thought of it turning into a Duffy of a movie (see what I did there) is a sad thought, especially for the first Marvel Superhero.

Hollywood is clinging on to the idea of bringing these heroes to light, and it’s not a bad thing, if they were done well. We need to treat these adaptations as proper movies, I think that Hollywood are looking at these movies and thinking of a kiddie or a geekie audience, you can imagine the attitude thinking of a small, already converted audience, they probably don’t ever stop to think of the connection to Superman and Batman and what those franchises can do when handled properly. Mind you, you’d think Spiderman would have opened their eyes by now!

So, listen up Hollywood, inject some money and passion into these movies, make them big!

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