Sam Raimi, Ridley Scott, Leo DiCaprio, DC Comics, Oh My! Updated - Change of Plans!
by Alex Billington
October 15, 2008
Update! It seems we were wrong about this news today. Instead of pulling it off the site and leaving everyone wondering what went wrong, I'll give a quick explanation. The article on Variety was written so haphazardly that everyone thought that Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio were attached to Sleeper. The truth is that they're actually attached to Low Dweller, which is another project from screenwriter Brad Ingelsby. These two connect because Ingelsby is writing the adaptation of Sleeper and was referenced. Check out Variety's article and tell me you wouldn't have thought the same thing! So truth be told - Sam Raimi and Ridley Scott are not working together. The original article can still be found below.
Is this a dream? Sam Raimi, Ridley Scott, and Leonardo DiCaprio all working together on a DC Comics adaptation? It can't be true! Back in August we wrote about a project called Sleeper that Sam Raimi was producing. At the time, Tom Cruise was loosely attached to star, but that's no longer the case. Variety reports today that Leonardo DiCaprio will star and that Ridley Scott will direct a screenplay written by Brad Ingelsby (of only The Honeyfields previously). I don't know too much about the actual comic, but it sounds like this could potentially be a fantastic adaptation, with so many big names involved. I'm also wondering when Ridley Scott is going to fit this into his insanely busy upcoming schedule?!
The story centers on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass it on to others through skin contact. He is placed undercover in a villainous organization by an intelligence agency and falls for a member of the group, named Miss Misery. "Sleeper" is actually a spin-off series from a comic called "WildC.A.T.s" and also features characters from another spin-off comic called "Gen 13." Rights to both of those comics have already been scooped up by other studios previously, even before DC Comics bought "Sleeper" in 1999. Both Sony and Regency previously passed up adapting the comic due to these rights issues, but it looks like Warner Brothers has finally figured it all out.
No word on who will play Miss Misery yet, but we do know that the lead operative will be Leo's gig. While this is a very sci-fi story, apparently it's also somewhat of a comedy. The last time I remember Ridley Scott doing comedy was maybe in A Good Year or Matchstick Men, but neither of those were that great. Either way, this at least has one of the most impressive selections of behind-the-scenes talent that I've ever come across, except for screenwriter Brad Ingelsby as the weak link. It just needs Natalie Portman as Miss Misery and my dream will be complete. And with that, I'm now heading down to my local comic book shop to pick up a copy of Sleeper and read through it tonight. I've got high hopes for this adaptation, that's for sure!