Marvel’s ‘Real’ 1970s Superhero
Human Fly Heading to Big Screen
If were asked which Marvel comics heroes they’d next like to see on the big screen, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Iron Fist would likely make the list. However, a D-list character may be cutting in line ahead of all of them.
Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures-based Eisenberg-Fisher Productions is developing a film based on The Human Fly, a comic loosely based on real-life stuntman Rick Rojatt that was published by Marvel from 1977 to 1979. Marvel Studios has nothing to do with the production.
Written by Bill Mantlo and penciled by Lee Elias, The Human Fly centered on a young man who, after being severely injured in a car crash, had reconstructive surgeries in which much of his skeleton was replaced by steel. Assuming the masked identity of the Human Fly, the unknown man performed daredevil stunts for charities, came into conflict with criminals and occasionally crossed paths with the likes of Spider-Man and Ghost Rider.
Alan Brewer and Steven Goldmann picked up the reverted rights to the property, with Goldmann looking to direct from a screenplay Tony Babinski, the in-house historian for Cirque Du Soleil.