Nicolas Cage is well-known for being a major comic book fan. He’s also very rich and so owns a copy of the holy grail of comics, Action Comics No. 1, featuring the first appearance of Superman. However he had a bit of bother in 2000, when his coveted comic was stolen, an event THR reports Lionsgate now wants to turn into a movie.
The film will focus on a group of nerds who attempt to steal Cage’s copy of Action Comics No. 1. The theft made headlines in 2000 and the looted comic was only recovered in 2011, when it was found amongst the contents of an abandoned storage locker. Interestingly, because Cage had already claimed on his insurance, he didn’t get his comic back, and it was eventually auctioned for a record $2.16 million.
Lionsgate has snapped up the screenplay from Reno 911! and Night At The Museum writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, who are also producing with Peter Principato and Paul Young. The project is being written with the Cage in mind to play himself, but it is uncertain if Nicolas will agree to be part of the movie.