Comics legend Stan Lee sells sci-fi comedy to China

The screenplay is partly based on a comic strip Stan Lee wrote in the 1970s, The Virtue Of Vera Valiant.
The screenplay is partly based on a comic strip Stan Lee wrote in the 1970s, The Virtue Of Vera Valiant.PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese media group Tianying Media has acquired a quirky space comedy from legendary American comic-book creator Stan Lee, according to news reports.

Variety magazine reported the deal last week and it was confirmed by Chinese news agency Xinhua this week. The project is titled The Last Resort, and is about a woman who inherits a resort hotel in space.

The screenplay is partly based on a comic strip Lee wrote in the 1970s, The Virtue Of Vera Valiant. It is co-written by Lee and screenwriter Bob Underwood, who worked on the popular American sitcom, The Drew Carey Show.

Lee, 95, co-created iconic comic-book characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men and Black Panther for Marvel Comics, and makes regular cameo appearances in the ongoing movie spin-offs.

The deal comes as more production companies in China hire or acquire Hollywood talent to give China-made films global appeal.

According to Variety, Tianying Media is associated with the state-owned Tianjin North Film Group. Tianying is better known for animation but last week at the Cannes Film Festival announced it would produce June, a new film starring Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok and Chinese actress Miao Miao.