“Stan Lee wrote several horror comic book series in the 1940s and 1950s before superhero comics became big in the 1960s,’ Gill Champion, POW! Entertainment’s president remarked. ‘Stan relished revisiting the genre a few years ago when he wrote these stories, and we are excited to bring them to life with a director as visionary as Timur Bekmambetov. We think fans will be surprised to experience a darker side of Stan Lee that they’ve never witnessed before!”
With those words, it looks like there will be a new cinematic universe based on the works on the late legend. Bekmambetov, the stunning visualist director of the dark fantasy epic Night Watch and the thriller Wanted, is set to develop Sawbones and Carnival of Killers, both of which show a darker side of Lee.
Sawbones tells the story of a frail 12-year old, Alex Covin, who reads a mysterious comic book and is transported into the comic’s terrifying world: a haunted Juvenile Detention Center overrun by demonic forces led by Sawbones, a homicidal entity who preys upon the troubled inmates. Has Alex gone insane? Or is this nightmarish world his new reality? If he is to escape, Alex must find a way to defeat Sawbones, but he quickly comes to realize that Sawbones is the keeper of his darkness and the personification of all his fears.
Carnival of Killers, set amid the Dust Bowl storms that ravaged the American Great Plains in the 1930s, tells the story of a young girl with psychic abilities who senses that the traveling carnival she and her mother sought refuge in is ground zero for a looming alien invasion.
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