Ed Brubaker's Comic Series 'Incognito' is Being Adapted by Fox
Another comic book project now in development. Deadline reports that Fox has acquired the rights to adapt Ed Brubaker's comic book series Incognito that focuses on a "ruthless villain" named Zack Overkill who goes into the witness protection program after ratting out his boss The Black Death. Incognito is one of the comics that I picked up last year when it first came out and it's a fantastic series, kind of like Max Payne in terms of its grittiness; but it's dark series with a great story about an actual villain. However, I don't think we've seen a successful modern comic book movie that's about a villain yet, have we? Will this even work?
“He's not your typical villain and I was trying to blend the trappings of pulp, comic and noir genres," Brubaker told Deadline. "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."
Fox has, oddly, hired Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Kentucky Cycle, to write the script. Peter Chernin is producing with David Engel. Since this is in the early development stages, there's not much else to report on this yet. The story follows Overkill as he gains "something of a conscience" and becomes a vigilante after discovering that certain drugs meant to dull his powers can actually restore them. Like I said, it's a great series, and could make for a great movie as long as it's R-rated and as dark and gritty as the Predators reboot looks. We'll keep you updated and will also let you know when they find a director.