Back in November, Brad Pitt and Paramount fell hard for Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, which they snapped up before it had even hit store shelves. The book isn’t due to be published until 2010, but according to The Hollywood Reporter the film adaptation already has a screenwriter: Alex Tse, who is fresh off Watchmen and busy penning scripts for Ninja Scroll and Zack Snyder’s adaptation of The Illustrated Man.
Battling Boy centers on the wee offspring of a god, whose dad urges him to leave their immortal mountaintop home and descend to Monstropolis, and rid the city of its plague of monsters. Considering the city is the size of a continent, this might take him awhile. The monsters aren’t your cute and cuddly Monsters Vs Aliens type either, but according to Pope are “horrible, Grimm’s fairytale, Beowulf-ish monsters, awful things. Child-stealers. Plus some of the vampires and mummies and wolfmen we remember from the old black and white Hollywood horror films.” If you’d like another glimpse at the book, Pope did celebrate Battling Boy getting optioned by publishing some additional artwork on his blog.
There’s not much more to go on, and no indication as to whether Pitt might take the role of Senior Deity, so we’ll have to sit tight and wait for the book. Clearly though, Pitt and Paramount have been studying their comic book movies — if Tse can adapt Watchmen, he can probably do a fair job at adapting anything graphic novel you throw at him.