Okay, this is exciting.
As you know, we announced this title back in early Summer 2012. It launched in April 2013, but we’d already had three movie offers for the book before it was even half written. My partner Frank Quitely and I turned them all down because this book really means an awful lot to us. We didn’t want anybody to start writing anything based on a synopsis or an unfinished design. This was a massive project we had undertaken and we wanted everything to be exactly right before any movie people got their hands on it and any kind of development.
It went on to become the biggest launch we’ve had at Millarworld (beaten only in sales by a single Marvel and a single DC title in launch month) and as well as the trade being out today, collecting the first 5 issues for a mere $9.99, we’ve also launched a companion title set in 1959 and drawn by the amazing Wilfredo Torres. I’ve been very lucky in my career, but these two books I think are the ones that mean the most to me. They’re the most personal and the ones I’ve put the most work into so I’ve been naturally protective of Jupiter’s as a movie property until everything was kind of established.
Well, that time is NOW and I’ve joined forces with former Warner Bros head Lorenzo DiBonaventura to bring this to life. We met a while back and did a deal over a handshake and a bottle of whisky up at his house and his plan is just seismic. The talent he’s talking about behind the camera convinced me to relinquish the rights to my most treasured book and now I just can’t wait to see where this goes. Lorenzo bought Harry Potter for Warner Bros and put Chris Nolan on Batman. He’s also the producer behind the multi-billion dollar Transformers franchise so you know he thinks big. It’s going to be the most monumental of all the Millarworld adaptations I think and I’m just honestly really excited.
More as it happens and thanks to everyone for supporting our book. Jupiter’s Legacy Book One is out in trade today and Jupiter’s Circle #1 should be sitting on the shelf right beside it. Get into it now.
PS Talk to series artist Frank Quitely here tonight in our live-chat at 5pm New York time: