Marvel Developing Inhumans Movie?

We’ve known for a while now that, with most of its major characters already in play (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor) or in the hands of other studios (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four), Marvel is searching its catalog for lesser-known properties that could find new line on film or television: Black Panther, Cloak & Dagger, Jessica Jones/Alias, Runaways and Iron Fist.

Now add to that list the Inhumans, the race of superhumans created in 1965 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Badass Digest reports the studio is developing a movie that, according to an It’s On the Grid entry, would reimagine the Inhumans as “aliens who were put on Earth as sleeper cell aliens to eventually call back their race to take over the planet.” However, “ultimately, the group of aliens fully assimilates and don’t want to cause war.”

The project is apparently out to writers, and no further information is available.

We probably shouldn’t read too much into that description, as much could change between now and the time a script is handed in — if the movie even makes it that far. However, it seems like a solid concept for an update, part socio-political commentary, part young-adult sci-fi novel (a la, say, I Am Number Four). But maybe that is reading too much into it …

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I’m actually surprised they have these rights. I’d’ve figured they’d be Fantastic Four. Also, if they had developed that proposed plot as a movie earlier, it would mesh very well with the rumors floating of Loki using an alien invasion in one of his schemes. Just Kree instead of Skrull.

  • Lion_okitkat

    Sounds slightly similar to NBC’s “The Event,” so I hope they try something different Concerning Runaways I would like to see it as a television series instead of a movie. They would have to decompress it a lot for a movie.

  • 2000filmfan

    Typical queasiness from a diehard DC fan

    Being both a long-term fan of Marvel and DC, the announcement of development plans for the “Inhumans” movie gives me mixed feelings. I can’t help but be fearful for DC’s long-term viability as a comic book movie producer. Yet I’m also excited about Marvel’s confidence in their library.

    Some of the things Marvel, in it’s collaboration with fox, proved (with Ironman, Blade and Ghost rider) was a loser in the comics can suddenly become a storytelling winner on film. Dc thinks it’s charting new ground by coyly investing in the Flash. Marvel on the other hand all out invests in its universe. This is something DC will not do, evidenced by the fact it still has not invested in a live action JLA, teen titans, or any other manifestation of its shared universe.

    So again I guess I’m both pleased and saddened by this news and hope DC will change it’s tactics for the better. On the other hand long live Marvel.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like another case of someone in Hollywood developing his or her own movie but then attaching the names from an existing property to it to get it to sell.

  • demoncat_4

    interesting for i would have thought the inhuman’s would have been tied up with the fantastic four movie rights with fox. not to mention thought at one time Gene Simmons had the rights to do an inhuman’s film. not to mention given that black bolt dare not talk who ever plays the role will prove how much an actor the person is by having to be silent for the whole film.

  • http://www.thebuckmans.com/Mory Mory Buckman

    It sounds similar to my favorite Inhumans story, Sean McKeever’s run which had teenaged Inhumans trying to fit in in America.

  • Josh

    If I’m not mistaken, Black Bolt communicated with Medusa telepathically, and she was basically his mouth at times. Whoever the actor, I would certainly think he’d have voice overs.

  • http://tpbtavern.blogspot.com/ Farson89

    This could be interesting, on the other hand it could be a disaster. I’d be willing to give it a chance.

  • 2000filmfan

    Asking who owns the InHumans is an excellent question?

    I think that’s an excellent point regarding whose franchise does this group really belong to? Yet there’s no way to know how these property packages are written. I’ve always wondered whether mutants like Sub-Mariner, Scarlet Witch and Quick Silver could be used in an Avengers movie since they have yet to be used in an X-men movie.

    My assumption is Marvel will do everything it can to absorb as many of their properties back from Fox, regardless of where these characters made their initial appearance.

  • 2000filmfan

    Also sounds a lot like “I Am Number Four”. You would think poor box office might have changed some minds about this conceptual approach.

  • whatthedast

    WAR OF KINGS!!

  • WhatWhyNot

    @Lion_okitkat – sounds more like both V and The Event.