Marvel mainstay Stan Lee is to have a movie made about his life, after it emerged that 20th Century Fox, the studio behind Marvel-related hits such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four series, has acquired Lee’s “life rights”.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox’s intention is not to produce a straight biopic of Lee, 93, but what it describes as a 70s-set “period action-adventure movie … in the tone of Kingsman: The Secret Service”, with Lee himself conceived in the vein of “Roger Moore’s 007”.
The film will focus on a period in Lee’s life when he spent time in Hollywood in the 1970s, attempting to interest studio executives in producing movies and TV shows based on the stream of characters he had co-created for Marvel comics. These include The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Iron Man and the Hulk.
No writer or director has yet been attached.