AceShowbiz - Twentieth Century Fox is teaming Tim Miller and Brian Michael Bendis for a new mystery project called "143". According to a new report from Deadline, the studio has hired Bendis, who is one of the most prolific authors in the comic book world, to develop a next "X-Men" script for the "Deadpool" helmer to direct.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the said project is actually "X-Men" spin-off "Kitty Pryde". Sources explain that "143" is a code name for the project which will focus on the mutant who can phase through objects. The character was played by Ellen Page in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand" and 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past".
The project's code name is a reference to "Uncanny X-Men #143", one of the earliest Pryde stories and her first solo adventure in which she faces a demon alone in the X-Mansion. Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the issue was published in 1981.
Bendis is known as the creator of the Miles Morales character in the "Ultimate Spider-Man" comic and Marvel's Jessica Jones, which became the basis for the Netflix series of the same name. Bendis recently surprised the comic industry when he joined DC Comics after spending 17 years as a top-billed writer for Marvel.
This Kitty Pryde solo movie will be a return for Bendis, who was also part of the Marvel Creative Committee that advised Marvel Studios' output through 2015, to characters in the X-Men universe.
Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated helmer Miller is currently in pre-production on the latest installment of the "Terminator" franchise for Paramount and Fox, with James Cameron god-fathering the project. This comes after Miller's feature directing debut "Deadpool", the 2016 smash hit antihero flick starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth, grossed over $783 million globally for Fox.