British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (“Free Fire,” “High-Rise,” “Kill List”) has long been suggested as a potential candidate to direct a superhero film, but his choices have often been so esoteric that he would see little appeal in something more formulaic like much of that genre is.
Then again he has worked well when restricted to a franchise before, such as his job directing Peter Capaldi’s first two episodes as The Doctor in the BBC’s “Doctor Who”. Now according to an actor close to the director, we might actually see it happen.
Speaking with the Adam Buxton Podcast, actor/comedian Bob Mortimer revealed that he and Wheatley were in the process of working together on a film about Michael Jackson when their plans got scuttled: “We were about to start that but then Ben got offered one of the big Marvel films, so it weren’t for us to say, ‘you ain’t doing that Ben’.”
In a previous interview, the director suggested one Marvel property he was interested in was “Marvel Zombies” as it hasn’t been done and is fairly niche. He adds that he sees the appeal of the MCU and its blending of big screen scale with small screen structure: “Marvel’s interesting in that it’s kind of a hybrid of cinema and television. A very, very expensive TV show that you buy a pass for every three months.”
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