James Franco Indicates Involvement In Superhero Film; Avoids Mentioning Multiple Man

by Erik Amaya

 

James Franco is working on a superhero project.

Of course, Franco did not confirm which superhero he is involved with while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter. Instead, he said, “I do have a superhero that I am developing … I don’t know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it. It’s early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there’s a need to develop more.”

The project is likely the Multiple Man project based upon Marvel’s beloved mutant Jamie Madrox. As we heard last week, 20th Century Fox is developing a film around the character, created by Len Wein in 1975, as it continues to expand its X-Men film universe. Franco was tipped to star in the earlier report.

The character came to prominence during writer Peter David’s run on X-Factor in the 1990s. Born with ability to duplicate himself, Jamie used a special suit designed by Professor Xavier to control his powers. Jamie grew up on a quiet farm until his parents were killed during a suspicious tornado incident. He went on the run, only returning the superhero community when his suit was damaged beyond easy repair. While joining X-Factor for a time, he decided to go along and start a detective agency. Eventually, that group adopted the “X-Factor” name when the previous group disbanded.

It is unclear when the film will be released as details are still being worked out.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.