John Singleton is in negotiations to develop and direct "Luke Cage," a superhero drama based on Marvel Comics' first black crimefighter. The story centers on a former gang member who is framed for a crime he didn't commit. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him superstrength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Luke Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire.
The comic book, initially titled "Luke Cage, Hero for Hire," debuted in the 1970s and ran until the mid-1980s. Cage, who picked up the moniker Power Man, eventually teamed with a character called Iron Fist, a martial artist. Separately, Marvel is developing "Iron Fist" at Lions Gate Entertainment.