Superhero movies have been big business for quite some time now, but not every production company out there has access to a Marvel or DC Comics character, so every now and then we see a studio attempt at making its own superhero-esque franchise. Some of the most notable examples are Push, Hancock and Chronicle, and while they all have their fans, none have gone on to become franchises. And now we can add a new title to that roster of not-quite-superhero superhero movies: Black Chapter.
Written by Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Elektra, The Avengers) and directed by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall), Black Chapter is about an FBI agent ushered into a secret government program that trains people to develop and use paranormal abilities. Apparently the idea came about after Penn learned about Wiseman's fascination with actual CIA programs to explore psychic powers in people (as seen in The Men Who Stare at Goats, pictured above), and it attracted the attention of Skydance Productions, makers of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, World War Z and the new Terminator series.
Skydance honcho David Ellison did provide this quote about the project, which does give us hope that this will be a bit more substantial than, say, Push:
“Len and Zak have created a truly original piece of science fiction that reimagines the spy genre set in the world of the supernatural. This is exactly the type of original storytelling that we want to produce."
That actually sounds pretty cool in our book. Wrapping up superpowers into the spy genre is way more compelling these days then yet another save-the-world scenario. That's partly why so many people responded to the story in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so we'd be game for seeing that become a trend.
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