Wanted Director for Helm Stan Lee Horror Franchise

POW! Entertainment, ZQ Entertainment and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov are teaming up for a film franchise based on the horror work of Stan Lee.

Timur Bekmambetov, the director of Wanted to and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is the spearhead of a cinematic horror universe based on the work of Stan Lee from Marvel Comics.

According to Deadline, Bekmambetov (under his production banner Bazelevs) teams up with ZQ Entertainment and the late Lee’s POW! Entertainment to develop Surgeon and Carnival of the Killers. Matt Greenberg wrote the screenplay for the first and Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer for the second.

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“There is no other brain that has created more successful entertainment than Stan Lee,” Bekmambetov said. “I’m excited to bring the darker side of his creative genius and imagination to the screen.”


“Some fans may not know it, but Stan Lee wrote several horror comic series in the 1940s and 1950s before superhero comics became prominent in the 1960s,” POW! Entertainment President Gill Champion added. Stan loved revisiting the genre a few years ago when he wrote these stories, and we’re thrilled to bring them to life with such a visionary director like Timur Bekmambetov. We think fans will be surprised to see a darker side. of Stan Lee they I’ve never witnessed before! “

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POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment was founded by Lee and Champion in 2001 and has been used to develop non-Marvel movies, TV shows, and video games. In the years leading up to the death of Prisoner of War Lee! was bought by Camsing International Holding, and Lee subsequently filed a billion dollar lawsuit against POW! for allegedly stealing his identity. The company quickly responded, “The idea that Mr. Lee did not knowingly grant to POW!” Entertainment’s exclusive rights to his creative works or his identity is so absurd that the company must wonder if Mr. Lee is personally behind this lawsuit. “

The lawsuit was dropped in July 2018, when Lee said, “It has been confusing for everyone, including myself and the fans, but now I am happy to be surrounded by those who want it. better for me. I’m thrilled to put the lawsuit behind me, get back to work with my friends and colleagues at POW! and start the next wave of amazing characters and stories! “

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Source: Deadline

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