Writer – Alex Tse of Watchmen adapting ‘Battling Boy’ for Brad Pitt’s Plan B

Watchmen writer Alex Tse adapting Battling Boy

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Watchmen co-writer Alex Tse has been hired to adapt the supernatural graphic novel Battling Boy for Plan B and Paramount Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Brad Pitt’s production company picked up rights to the graphic novel written and illustrated by Paul Pope in November. The storyline follows the son of a god who comes down from the top of a mountain at his father’s urging to rid the giant, continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts.

First Second Books will publish the comic in the spring.

Tse also has two projects at Warner Brothers: a live-action adaptation of Ninja Scroll in development with Appian Way and The Illustrated Man, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury stories, in development for Watchmen director Zack Snyder. Tse is also working on the screenplay for Frankie Machine, which Michael Mann will direct for Paramount.

Battling BoyEven if you didn’t watch the “Watchmen,” some studio executives at Paramount Pictures sure did — and it looks like they liked what they saw. We’re not talking sequels here, but one of the screenwriters behind the R-rated superhero film is getting another crack at big screen comic book cinema.

Alex Tse, co-writer of the “Watchmen” screenplay, has been hired to pen an adaptation of “Battling Boy,” based on the as-yet-released graphic novel property from Paul Pope. The film is in development through Paramount Pictures and Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Battling Boy” focuses on “the son of a god who comes down from the top of a mountain at his father’s urging to rid the giant, continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts.”

Paul Pope, the writer/illustrator of the graphic novel, has allegedly filled the story with incredibly lengthy battle scenes that last about 50 pages. In October, he wrote on his blog that it’s “liberating to have no page restrictions. I wish Kirby could’ve had 50 pages for one fight scene, imagine what he would’ve done.”

Development on “Battling Boy” dates back to November 2008
, but Alex Tse’s assignment to the script signals that Paramount is looking to push the comic book property into active development. While Brad Pitt’s production company is attached, there’s no indication that the actor will appear on screen in the film.

Tse’s attachment to “Battling Boy” is just the latest in a string of good fortune for cast and crew associated with “Watchmen.” Jeffrey Dean Morgan is headlining an adaptation of “The Losers,” Jackie Earle Haley will put on Freddy Krueger’s clawed glove in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot and Zack Snyder has an eventual “300″ sequel in the pipeline.

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