20th Century Fox has brought Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan to pen the script for Ed Brubaker’s graphic novel, Incognito. Here’s the synopsis via Deadline:
The protagonist is Zack Overkill, a ruthless villain who is powered by super strength. He is caught and rats out his boss, The Black Death. He goes into witness protection. He’s given a drug to dull his powers and takes a normal guy job as delivering the mail. By the time he discovers that messing with certain drugs restores his power, he has developed something of a conscience. He becomes a vigilante and soon, his exploits become known to The Black Death, who is out for revenge.
Hit the jump for more details on Incognito and my thoughts on the project.
First off, let me say that when your family name is “Overkill”, you have to become a supervillain. Until you drop that last name, no one is going to give you a job (well, maybe a Wall Street banking firm). Also, Overkill’s super strength must have gone directly to his balls because who would ever rat out a guy who calls himself, “The Black Death.” Maybe if his boss was named, “The Magenta Death”, but even that name is a little unnerving.
Here’s what Brubaker said about Mr. Overkill:
“He’s not your typical villain and I was trying to blend the trappings of pulp, comic and noir genres. Zack was raised to be his world’s equivalent of a supervillain. We’ve all seen the story of a good person who goes undercover and gets corrupted. This is a bad person forced to live among regular people, and how he’s affected by that. He once ran around with a mask, but now he’s got the fake name and the fake job. My goal was to have you rooting for him as he grows a conscience.”
Another of Brubaker’s comics, Sleeper, is currently being developed at Warner Bros as a potential star vehicle for Tom Cruise. Schenkkah recently wrote the epic period drama Anabasis, which will be directed by Patrick Allesandrin (District B13).