Oh Man! Mark Millar’s Movie Miracle Park Being Made

Sussed out from his interview with Empire, Slashfilm noted that Mark Millar, comic book to movie IP manufacturer Mark Millar is currently directing his own feature film, Miracle Park. 

Millar says "…we’re trying to do a superhero movie with the sensibilities of Paranormal Activities and Cloverfield. It’s low budget mostly shot on a handheld camera dealing with superpowers…it is set in the suburbs of Scotland so it feels like Trainspotting meets X-Men."

IGN gives the plot particulars:

Set in contemporary Scotland, this dark, unique superhero story focuses on a group of animal rights activists who break into a low-level research laboratory to find a mile-long underground base owned and facilitated by the US government…Miracle Park breaks all the taboos of superhero cinema and offers a completely new take on the genre…The movie is shot entirely on a hand-held camera, establishing a tone more consistent with Paranormal Activity or The Last Exorcism than a traditional superhero release.

We've never had any doubt that Millar can write a pitch to get people (and producers) excited, and this sounds like it's exactly the kind of thing that Millar is known for producing, albeit on what seems like a low budget scale. I don't begrudge the man for spinning things the best way possible, but when you boast that a movie is entirely hand-held, you're also saying that it's not a huge production.  There's nothing wrong with that, mind you, but that's the case.

What I like is that it looks like we've got a guy here, in Mark Millar, who is getting the chance to live out all his dreams and tell stories.  That always makes me smile.

Comments

  1. We’ll have a new WB talk with Mark about the progress of the film next Tuesday 

  2. Great note to end the article, Josh. I’ve seen a lot of folks bash Millar for various reasons, some warranted and some not. And I’ll say that I’ve liked some works more than others. But at the end of the day, the guy is making comic books for a living, and now he’s making a movie. And a small production is a small production; it’s just a way to make the thing you want to make (often more creatively) while others sit in their basement talking about what they *would* make. I say good for him; I like that there’s a venue for these hand-held low-budget films to be shown on the big screen — even if my own trouble with motion sickness tends to keep me away. 😉

  3. You mean he’s doing a film that he didn’t pitch before a comic? Shocking!

  4. Can’t wait to see this hilariously disastrous film!

  5. Cool, but makes me sad we haven’t had a good WELSH super hero since morrisons ” ddraig goch” way back in “zenith”.

  6. how many times do you think the words "balls", "nuts", and "milf" will appear in this?

  7. I bet there’s a lot of drinking on that set.

  8. This sounds like it has promise but I’m so turned off by Millar lately. I mean he’s a great talent and a really driven dude, and I’m happy for him I guess, but recently I’m just sick of hearing about him.

  9. Enh, he’s striking with the iron is hot. He’s milking his (more than) 15 minutes for all its worth, he won’t be so front and center soon enough.

  10. You mean we don’t get 2 issues of a comic of this before it gets picked up? But how are they gonna know the story’s any good?

    Hollywood can have Millar. Can we trade him for Brian K. Vaughan?

  11. You’re not officially in the film business until there’s a photo of you talking to someone on set and pointing.

    As a Scot, I feel I should comment on how awesome this feels… I got nothing.

  12. The guy behind him in the pic has a ‘why the fuck am I doing this?’ look on his face.

  13. I don’t have a problem with Millar getting into movies. It’s clearly what he wants to do. And more power to him. He clearly is skilled at pitching and selling his ideas to studio execs. Although I do wonder if his accent combined with exuberance factors into it all a bit. But good on him. I just hope if he still wants to do comics, that he does them with the comics in mind. And not continue to use them simply as movie pitches (NEMESIS).

  14. I keep laughing at that photo because of the guy he’s directing.

    He looks so inspired…..so inspired by his directing! 

  15. I was talking yesterday to a friend about the inherent flaw in making a Scottish superhero story: We don’t have any flat rooftops over here (because of the rain). Where are all the fight scenes, inner turmoils and silent broodings going to take place?

  16. Hey, come on, The Spirit was being good, right?….  Right?  

  17. Right.

  18. sorry, pretty good. i have to stop posting in a hurry. 

     

    SORRY EVERYONE  

  19. TheNextChampion LMFAO!! God I hope you use twitter, because you got yourself a follower.