Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are on board to produce Sleeper for Warner Bros. The adaptation of the Ed Brubaker comic book series will be penned by the writing team of Shawn Ryan and David Wiener. Set in noir universe where certain characters develop superpowers at random, the story centers on Holden Carver, a man who has the ability to absorb pain and pass it on to others. Sleeper follows Carver “as he infiltrates a criminal organization on behalf of a law enforcement agency. His allegiances come into question, especially when he falls for the alluring killer, Miss Misery.” Hit the jump for more.
Variety reports that Affleck and Damon will produce Sleeper, along with Jennifer Todd. No directors or actors are currently attached to the picture. The writing team of Ryan and Wiener last worked together on Last Resort. The comic book series began in 2003, with an adaptation in the works as recently as 2008, when Sam Raimi and Josh Donen were on board to produce with Tom Cruise reportedly attached to star.
Here’s the synopsis of Sleeper (via Amazon):
SLEEPER is the critically acclaimed graphic novel series written Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Philips, the Eisner Award winning creative team of Criminal, which tells the story of agent Holden Carver and the secret criminal organization he becomes enmeshed with. Carver is forced to live one day at a time in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse he plays with its leader, Tao, the amoral master of manipulation trying to elude detection since he has no way back in from the cold.