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.
Ed Brubaker has proved himself one of the best comic book authors working today. Now he’s getting into the screenwriting game as Variety reports that he’ll adapt his stellar graphic novel Coward for Hunting Lane Films with David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) attached to direct. Coward is the first in the series of Brubaker’s Criminal series, which is a collection of interconnection noir stories. The protagonist of Coward is Leo, “a master thief and heist planner lives in a world of hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and lowlifes.” The title refers to Leo’s perceived status as a coward because of his behavior on a botched heist.
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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.