Deadline exclusively reports that 20th Century Fox are set to adapt Boom! Comics’ Irredeemable for the big screen, with Adam McKay set to direct the film.
The film will be based off the comic created by Mark Waid back in 2009 and ran for 36 issues and followed the story of Plutonian, the world’s greatest superhero until he began heartlessly slaughtering the population of Earth, at least those who defy him. It falls to a superhero group known as the Paradigm to stop his rampage. They were former colleagues of the Plutonian, they’ve all got problems of their own, and none of them is nearly as powerful as the mass-murdering maniac holding the world hostage. In Clarice-Hannibal Lecter fashion, the Paradigm in desperation turns to a famous supervillain for help; it might be the only way to stop the carnage.
The comic will be adapted by Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), with Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy Producing with Gary Sanchez’s Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. Adam Yoelin is co-producer for BOOM! After a long period of directing comedies, everyone has been looking Adam McKay differently since his last film, The Big Short, was critically well received and earned him an Oscar, along with co-writer Charles Randolph, for Best Adapted Screenplay and has previously came close to directing a comic book film before in Marvel’s Ant-Man but still is credited for the screenplay they ended up using.
I’ll be honest in admitting I’ve never heard of the comic (again, if it didn’t come out in animated form during the 90’s, it’s more than likely I know absolutely nothing) but with the premise alone I really want to check out the collection and keep an eye on how this develops over the rest of the year.