John Singleton is in negotiations to develop and direct “Luke Cage” for Columbia Pictures. Neal Moritz and his Original Films are producing along with Marvel Studios’ Avi Arad.
“Cage” is about a former gang member who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him superstrength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Luke Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. Ben Ramsey wrote the script.
The comic book, initially titled “Luke Cage, Hero for Hire,” debuted in the 1970s and ran until the mid-1980s, with Cage becoming Marvel’s first urban hero. Cage, who picked up the moniker Power Man, eventually teamed with a character called Iron Fist, a martial artist.