With DC’s Suicide Squad gaining a lot of traction of late and Deadpool being such a success, it’s therefore unsurprising that studios are looking at what other ‘bad’ superheroes are out there. Yet again, 20th Century Fox are first out of the starting blocks for this one, setting their sights on Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, and even putting together a behind-the-scenes team, with Deadline reporting that Adam McKay has been confirmed as director, and Tommy Wirkola as writer.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Irredeemable concerns near-immortal superhero The Plutonian, formerly Earth’s greatest champion who suddenly becomes its worst enemy, arbitrarily slaughtering fellow heroes and civilians alike, all the while his dysfunctional former allies do their best to stop him. All this is just the beginning though: inevitably, events spiral out of control, leading to a story arc that is far deeper than you would have expected. All in all, it’s a nice twist on the traditional story that has won Waid many plaudits, and it’s good to see it getting the big-screen treatment.
For their part, the people tasked with doing so have impressive credentials. In addition to directing the likes of Anchorman and Step Brothers, McKay has prior superhero movie form co-writing Ant-Man and the upcoming Ant-Man And The Wasp, while Wirkola is no stranger to madcap spectacle, having directed Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunter and Dead Snow. While his output has been mixed in terms of quality, it definitely hasn’t been boring, and with McKay’s guiding hand present we’re definitely a bit more confident.
Assisting them behind the scenes are BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy on the producing side, along with Gary Messick.
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