Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Road To Hollywood

Well, it's official: Warner Bros are making THE LOSERS into a movie, with Peter Berg attached to write and direct.

From today's Variety:

'The Losers' wins its way to WB
Berg to pen screenplay, co-produce


DC comic 'The Losers,' about a rogue CIA unit, will get a shot at the bigscreen.

A double-crossed CIA black ops team known as "The Losers" is the latest DC Comics property to be tapped for the bigscreen by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Peter Berg and Akiva Goldsman will produce the pic for the studio, with Berg to pen the screenplay with an eye to direct. Also taking producing credit are John Cameron and Sarah Aubrey for Berg's Film 44, and Kerry Foster for Goldsman's Weed Road.

Film will follow the exploits of the highly skilled CIA team members as they are attacked by their own agency and left for dead. They set out to learn why they were betrayed, and to avenge the wrong, as well as other injustices they encounter.

DC Comics, a subsid of Warner Bros., and home to numerous comicbook heroes including "Batman" and "Superman," revived "The Losers" strip several years ago under the Vertigo imprint after a 30-year hiatus.

Warner Bros. Pictures' Dan Lin and creative exec Matt Reilly are overseeing "Losers" for the studio. Gregory Noveck is the development exec at DC Comics.

Berg, also an actor, is set to direct upcoming projects "The Kingdom" and "Bran Mak Morn." He penned and directed "Friday Night Lights" and helmed "The Rundown" for Universal Pictures, where he has a deal.
I've know this was brewing for a while now, but my natural pessimism refused to let me believe it would actually happen until I read it in Variety. Well, there it is.

Pete got a lot of respect for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, and his being a successful actor-writer-director has made THE LOSERS that much easier to "package" and has given it some real momentum. Jock and I met up with him a couple of months ago in London, and we both got the sense that he gets it.

This is going to be fun!