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The Mighty gets optioned

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, June 2, 2011

With superhero comic books a hot property for Hollywood to option and develop, it's becoming harder for producers to find a concept that isn't treading the same ground that Superman and Spider-Man have walked. One book that has a different approach is The Mighty, a mini-series that DC Comics published a couple of years back.

Created by Peter Tomasi and Keith Champagne, The Mighty is really about a guy with no superpowers. Gabriel Cole is a urban city cop, and thanks to his job he's got access to the world's only superhero, Alpha One. While the world adores Alpha One, Cole discovers that the hero has a darker side. But how can a regular man take down a being that can break out of any prison? How can one cop bring justice to a superhero?

Film rights to The Mighty have been bought by Paramount Pictures, with Mary Parent's Disruption Entertainment to develop the property. Benderspink's J.C. Spink and Cale Boyter will also produce.

No screenwriter has been assigned to the project, and no actors are attached. With the comic's darker approach to the fallibilities of superheroes, one could see directors like David O. Russell (The Fighter) or David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) as possibilities.

-Deadline.

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