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Singleton to Take on Hero for Hire

John Singleton (Shaft) is negotiatng with Columbia Pictures to develop and direct Luke Cage. Marvel Studios' Avi Arad will produce along with Neal Moritz and his company, Original Films. Luke Cage is a long-running Marvel Comics character who went to jail for a murder he didnít commit. To get out of jail faster, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry but gives him superstrength and bulletproof skin. Cage eventually returns to his Harlem neighborhood and becomes a hero for hire. In the comic book version, Cage often works with martial artist Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist, but since the latter character is being develop as a feature film by Lionís Gate Entertainment, donít expect to see him working with Cage.

-- Beth Hannan Rimmels