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Kindergarten Heroes film planned

Mark Millar's comic book Kindergarten Heroes, featuring pint-sized superheroes, is preparing to receive the big screen treatment.

A film, based on the Scottish writer's forthcoming book, is in the works at 20th Century Fox after they hired writer Carter Blanchard to adapt the story for a movie script, reported Deadline.

Mark, who has seen his books Wanted and Kick-Ass turned into films, has described Kindergarten Heroes as "a traditional children's book" with superhero characters.

"This is the kindergarten where all the superheroes leave their toddlers when they go on their adventures. We never see the parents, so we can assume that these kids are the super-powered off-spring of all your favourite heroes," he previously told Comic Book Resources.

The author added that the aim of the book, which has yet to be published, would be to "make it genuinely funny, genuinely exciting and genuinely dramatic when it needs to be", with a Pixar-like appeal.

Executive producer Steve Asbell is reportedly hoping to start a "family-friendly film franchise", which would also be produced by Simon Kinberg.

Mark's books have enjoyed success on the big screen. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz reprised their roles as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl in the Kick-Ass sequel, while James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman starred in Wanted.

Colin Firth, Sir Michael Caine and Samuel L Jackson are already on board for the film version of Mark's The Secret Service, which Matthew Vaughn will direct. Shooting is expected to begin in coming months, for a release in summer 2014.

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