The story of comic book legend Stan Lee is finally coming to the big screen! Kind of. Yes, Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee will be the subject of an upcoming movie, but it will not be a traditional biopic. Instead, it will be an action movie set in the 1970s, said to have the same tone as Kingsman: The Secret Service or the Roger Moore Bond movies of the 1970s.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news stating that Twentieth Century Fox had acquired the life rights for Stan Lee. The studio has produced many movies about characters that Lee helped create, such as Fantastic Four and a whole bunch of X-Men movies. Now, it will be the man himself who is getting the big screen treatment, albeit a somewhat fictionalized and sensationalized version of the pop culture icon.
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, who have produced movies like Twilight, The Maze Runner and the upcoming Power Rangers reboot, are attached to produce the untitled Stan Lee action movie. Lee himself and Gil Champion, who is Lee's partner at his company POW! Entertainment, are set to executive produce the project. We can also safely assume that, even though Lee is a bit too old to play himself in the movie, he will surely cameo in some way, much like he has done in many of the Marvel movies.
Stan Lee's actual life story is one that would seem to lend itself quite nicely to a more straightforward biopic. He grew up very poor in New York and started working with Timely Comics at the age of 17 in 1939. He had aspirations of writing the "Great American Novel," but instead on the advice of his wife, wrote what he truly wanted to write before leaving the comic book business. That led to his collaborations with Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, who with Lee went on to create countless legendary characters such as the Fantastic Four, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and many others. In the 70s, Lee ventured to Hollywood in order to try and bring his creations to the big screen, which eventually did happen with great success, but not until the 2000s. The rest, as they say, is history.
No writer or director is yet attached to this Stan Lee action movie, so the project could alter a bit as it moves forward. More importantly, nobody is yet attached to play Lee in the movie, but we already have a pretty good idea. A couple of months ago a fan-made poster for Stan Lee biopic surfaced featuring Bryan Cranston as the man himself. While that casting seemed perfect at the time, it somehow seems even more perfect thinking of it as a wacky 70s action movie. We can only dream. We will be sure to keep you updated as more details on the project emerge.