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Marvel Hires Writers For Obscure Heroes
Help bring, say, Cable to the screen!

27 March 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Always wanted to write a superhero movie? Already a Hollywood screenwriter? Well, this could be your lucky day: Marvel Studios are setting up a group of screenwriters to work on their massive library of characters, with a view to bringing more and more of those heroes and villains to the screen.

The idea is that Marvel will bring five writers per year in to work on creative ways to launch their lesser-known characters like Dr Strange, Black Panther, Iron Fist, Cable, Nighthawk and Vision. Marvel will be coming up with specific titles it wants the writers to tackle, and perhaps even plot-points (to allow further overlapping of the sort we're already seeing between films like Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk).

This is a similar scheme to Disney's Fellowship programme, running since 1990 to come up with film and TV ideas, and is designed to keep the ideas flowing. It's a further sign of Marvel's commitment to get their vast array of characters onto the big screen, and keep them there. For more on the future of the superhero movie, incidentally, you might want to check out the new issue of Empire, on shelves now, for a more in-depth discussion of the question.


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Marvel On Top
once again Marvel leaps ahead in terms of developing its range of heroes for future movies. DC lags behind once more. More

Posted by spark1 at 12:50 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Death's Head. 'Nuff said, yes? More

Posted by Barricade at 23:00 on 28 March 2009 | Report This Post

WILD MAN OF BORNEO!!! HAS TO BE DONE!!!
A good Cable movie could easily rival (or better) the Terminator series. The character is just too bad ass and has one of the best marvel back stories. To see Bishop, Forge and Apocalypse on screen with a multi-layered story would be just like the old days of the X-Men series (when X-Men was actually good!). As long as Fox doesn't pick this movie up, it could be the next Iron Man (entertainment wise). More

Posted by down4orce at 07:49 on 28 March 2009 | Report This Post

Dr Strange
Man I want a Dr Strange film. that would be awesome! More

Posted by thegodfathers at 21:47 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

Iron Fist
Iron Fist could make for a great film. A martial arts master who is a living weapon for a lost and mystical city who obtained his power by having to kill an unkillable dragon. Sounds awful but if written properly could be great. More

Posted by sanchia at 18:38 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

Got a great idea
Mmh im a bit fuzzy but wanst cable a time traveller???? Well if im right then I have a greta idea for a Cable film! It involes a little film called the last stand and two inappropraite deaths and how it could be made so that they NEVER HAPPENED!!!! And also so sort out Alan Cummings contract!!! More

Posted by Kirky at 15:35 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

Sounds great
Where do I sign up? Seriously, how do I get involved in this? More

Posted by Pirate King at 15:04 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marvel Hires Writers For Obscure Heroes
I'd be happy if they just stuck with making films of the characters involved in The Avengers. Doing a whole other bunch of characters in the same universe  ay make the films crowded or too many which arent needed. Unless they plan to make these films after the initial trilogy/sequels of the iron Man/Hulk/Cap/Thor are finished. If so out of the characters I would like to see (provided they were done properly) Black Panther(Although they would need to work hard to make him stand out and More

Posted by BatFan at 13:46 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

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Nathan Fillion for Cable!!   Seriously though, they probably won't get around to making a Cable movie for 5-10 years, he'd be the right age and level of awesomeness.   The whole Cable/Bishop/Time Travelling storyline from the 90's X-Men cartoon would be sick to see live action.  Seeing that Sam Jackson is already Nick Fury I'd say Bishop should be played by someone like Method Man (he's great in The Wire, don't write him off)   Idris Elba should be the Blank Pant More

Posted by BrianShields25 at 13:43 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

A Cable movie would be great! Just make the latest story arc a movie and that would be great!! More

Posted by Big Red at 13:25 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

CLOAK AND DAGGER!!!
Scarlett Johannsen and Michael Clarke Duncan please! More

Posted by rubadub at 13:22 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

I can't help but feel this is kind of a bad idea. On the one hand it is promoting creativity and all that, but on the other it might be just an excuse to churn out film after film on the success of marvel's previous adventures in film and rake in some $$$. I never enjoyed Marvel comics anyway. More

Posted by i stole your car at 10:11 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

Cable would be awesome. I'm also hoping for some Bishop sometime soon. More

Posted by deathbat6661 at 09:48 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

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