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Ridley Scott To Produce Comic Adaptation ‘Mind MGMT’ For Fox

Ridley Scott To Produce Comic Adaptation 'Mind MGMT' For Fox

Fanboys have been doing awfully well out of the cinema of late. With the franchising boom, and the concomitant reclassification of Comic-Con from geek speakeasy to non-ironic cultural staple, they are enjoying an unprecedented day in the sun (or its filament-based equivalent). While major studios have milked the mass-appeal comic for all it is worth (the resurrection of the Spiderman enterprise with the addition of a single superlative was a stroke of marketing genius), yesterday’s announcement that Twentieth Century Fox has landed the film rights to Matt Kindt’s “Mind MGMT” suggests a move deeper into the source material of the comic underworld.

Kindt’s niche but much-admired series follows a young female journalist who stumbles upon a covert government organisation manned by agents with psychic abilities. The protagonist is rescued by an ex-agent who facilitates her investigation into Mind Management’s inner workings (cue ostensible love interest which spills profitably into the real-world Twittersphere à la Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield). After the critically-divisive “Prometheus,” producer Ridley Scott, who will be acting under his Fox-affiliated Scott Free banner alongside Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg, will be looking once again to ingratiate himself with this demographic.

If the comic-turned-film model of 2012 is anything to go by, Fox is backing a decent horse to weather the lumbering economic storm. Marvel’s “The Avengers” took in a staggering $1.5bn worldwide to become the third-highest grossing picture of all time after “Avatar” and “Titanic,” while “The Dark Knight” and its follow-up “The Dark Knight Rises” both scored in the top twenty. An acquisition from renowned comic publisher Dark Horse, Scott’s adaptation of the shrewdly-selected “Mind MGMT” may prove to be just that. [THR]

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