Stan Lee's newest superhero creation, "Annihilator," is coming to the big screen with the help of producer Barry Josephson and Magic Storm Entertainment, the company announced on Thursday.
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy ("The Bourne Legacy") wrote the script for the film based on a treatment by Lee, which focuses on a Chinese expatriate named Ming who participates in a secret U.S. super solider program that gives him extraordinary abilities that complement his martial arts training. The reluctant hero is forced not only to face his personal demons, but must also to defeat a villain who will destroy everything that he knows and loves.
“One of my dreams when I became a producer was to work with Stan Lee," Josephson said of the Marvel comic book legend. "Now with Dan Gilroy's magnificent script, that dream will become a reality “
Magic Storm hopes the story will appeal to American and Chinese audiences enough to launch an original franchise.
“Barry is the perfect partner at every level to produce a film of this magnitude that targets a global market, including mainland China.” said Eric Mika, CEO of Magic Storm. “Barry’s talents combined with Dan Gilroy’s explosive script makes Stan Lee’s treatment extremely powerful and a cornerstone for a unique franchise. "
"Dan's story and character is unlike anything I have developed before," Lee added. "So I wait with intrigue as we begin to reveal more details about the 'Annihilator' franchise and to hear what audiences think as they immerse themselves into his world through the film."
Dough Falconer, whose latest project is Jamie Foxx-starring Wall Street drama "Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun," will also produce the superhero flick.