Watchmen Writer Alex Tse Set to Adapt Battling Boy
by Brandon Lee Tenney
April 13, 2009
Alex Tse, co-writer of the twenty-five-years-in-the-making adaption of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's graphic novel Watchmen, has been pegged to adapt yet another graphic novel, Battling Boy, as announced by THR today. Battling Boy, from Eisner-award winner Paul Pope, has none of the tumultuous baggage attached to it that Watchmen did and, in fact, hasn't even had time to garner any kind of following as the comic has yet to even be released. Last year we reported on Paramount's option of Battling Boy, then set for a 2010 release, but it seems that the comic's release has been expedited to the spring of this year.
The graphic novel follows the son of a god who, at his father's urging, descends from his mountain-top home to rid the continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts. That either sounds incredibly bad ass or extremely ridiculous (especially the Monstropolis part). I can't decide which. Regardless, it's an intriguing project to be adapted by one of Hollywood's fastest rising stars. Tse has a lot on his plate at the moment, with three other scripts in the works: the live-action adaption of Ninja Scroll, the adaptation of Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man, and Frankie Machine, to be helmed by Michael Mann. Busy man. But that aside, how's Battling Boy sound to all of you? I've decided - bad ass. Had me at "plague of beasts."