The first film, based on Millar’s graphic novel, was directed by Timur Bekmambetov and stars James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common and Angelina Jolie. It has earned $258.3 million worldwide.
Millar says he was approached right after the premiere by producer Mark Platt about his thoughts on continuing the story:
“What I will be doing is providing them with a very small amount of stuff for a story, and that will be used as a basic story that they can build from. It will be a small outline that can possibly be picked apart and not used â€“ but it will be something exclusively for the second film, and no one will ever really see it.”
Given that the film version of the story differs from the comic book version in a number of ways (some quite substantial) Millar’s outline will be set in the film’s continuity, but will reach back to the comics. “It will be some of the stuff that we didn’t utilize from the first book for the movie â€“ like chapters three and four â€“ there will be some stuff from that, so in the loosest sense it will be based on the book, but only very little,” Millar said.
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