Monkey Master co-creator Devarajan is the co-founder and CEO of Graphic India. “Stan Lee was a mentor and friend who was one of the most influential creators of the 20th century,” Devarajan said in a statement.
“His characters are the modern mythologies of our time, transcending nations and culture and speaking to us in the primal language of human imagination… I am so excited to work with John Woo [and producers] Lori Tilkin and Gill Champion to honor Stan’s Monkey Master creation and bring this superhero to the screen the way he always intended.”
Woo is one of the most influential action filmmakers in the world. A major figure of Hong Kong cinema, Woo made his name directing films such as The Killer and Hard Boiled. Woo also had a long run in Hollywood which included blockbusters like Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II, and Paycheck, before returning to Asian cinema.
“I have always wanted to make a film based on the Monkey King story of China but have struggled with a new way to present it,” Woo said. “The story by Stan Lee was such a unique version of it that incorporated the mythological character’s unexplored journey to India and had all the elements I enjoy in filmmaking – great characters, action, and adventure.”
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.