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John Singleton to Make CAGE

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.

[Source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter]

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