Paramount Pictures Snags 'The Mighty' Comic Book for the Big Screen
While we're used to seeing adaptations of properties from DC Comics come through Warner Bros., it looks like Paramount Pictures is behind a new adaptation of one of their more intriguing comic book series. Deadline reports the studio has purchased the rights to The Mighty a graphic novel by Keith Champagne and Peter Tomasi with art by Peter Snejberg. Apparently the creators owned the rights themselves, so that's why this deal ended up going through Paramount rather than Warner Bros. The book itself puts a unique spin on typical comic book superhero tales by having a mortal, tough cop chase a villain who is a superhero.
Here's a slightly more detailed synopsis of the comic:
Welcome to the world of The Mighty! Alpha One - America's first and only Super Hero - is supported by Section Omega, an entire police force devoted to assisting him in his quest for justice. Lt. Gabriel Cole has worked his way up the ranks of Section Omega and his connection to Alpha One reaches back to his own tragic childhood and an accident nobody could have survived. But when murder strikes at the top of the organization, the case falls into his lap, and he'll begin to learn what being a hero is really all about!
I like the idea that a regular guy has to figure out how to take down a superhero complete with his own superpowers. Obviously Paramount has had plenty of great experience in the comic book world with Thor, Iron Man and Captain America: The First Avenger coming soon, so taking on a property from DC Comics could also bode well for the studio. Of course, we're likely going to be waiting for awhile to see this project get off the ground since a script hasn't even been written yet, so stay tuned. Interested?