The 20th Century Studios adaptation of the Mark Millar comic Starlight has just gotten a jolt of excitement. Joe Cornish, best known for directing Attack the Block, has signed on to write and direct the comic by Millar, the creator of Wanted, the Kingsman films and Kick-Ass. Cornish is primarily an English comedian and filmmaker. With his long-time comedy partner, Adam Buxton, he forms the comedy duo Adam and Joe. In 2011, Cornish released his directorial debut with Attack the Block. He also co-wrote The Adventures of Tintin with Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright, and Ant-Man, with Wright, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd.
Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon are producing through Kinberg’s Genre Films banner, and Nira Park has joined as producer.
The comic centers on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but when he came back to Earth, no one believed his fantastic stories. He married, had kids and settled into old age, but then his old rocket ship shows up, and he is called back for one fantastic adventure. Starlight embraced its Golden Age sci-fi roots and indulged in unapologetic camp, which gave the comic a patina of pure, mindless escapism.
This film has great potential.