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Paramount Buys Rights To DC's THE MIGHTY!

Nordling here.

Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pcitures has bought the rights to DC Comics' THE MIGHTY, a comic book series written by Peter J. Tomasi and Keith Champagne.  The story is about a cop, Gabriel Cole, who works with Section Omega, the police force that is assigned to work with the Earth's one true superhero, Alpha-One.  Cole was rescued by Alpha-One when he was a child, and now heads the force that works with him, stopping crimes and assisting Alpha-One.  But Cole discovers that Alpha-One isn't what he appears to be, and that sets him on a course where a normal man must go up against a virtual god.

The film will be produced by Disruption Entertainment, and co-produced by JC Spink.  I like the concept a lot - what if Superman was a villain, and only one man knew about it?  Actually, that sounds a lot like how Lex Luthor sees himself.  I haven't read the book, but I'll definitely pick it up now.  I know the superhero film genre seems swamped right now, but if the films are quality and the material is original, I'll keep seeing these movies if they keep making them.

Nordling, out.

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  • June 2, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by ragermac

  • June 2, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    And here you have the reason for the DC reboot

    by bah

    People like the comic movies but don't feel like they can jump in to the books so late in the game. So start from scratch, then you can sell to them.

  • June 2, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Sounds interesting, but so jaded from super hero films right now

    by FreeBeer

  • June 2, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Sounds good.

    by UltimaRex

    But why aren't WB doing this? Still Paramount was involved with Watchmen (for all the good it did them).

  • June 2, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    depends on how close they stay to the story

    by LargoJr

    most of the movies based on graphic novels aren't even close to the source material... sometimes for the better, others for simple 'wtf.. why did they change that??" reasons.. Lets keep our fingers crossed. Cowboys & Aliens comic was TERRIBLE... hoping the movie fixes those problems.

  • June 2, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I'm surprised WB let another title out the door after "Red".

    by Chewtoy

    Paramount must have offered a nice deal to Warners as they look for tentpole projects to replace the Marvel films.

  • June 2, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Wait a Minute

    by Aquatarkusman

    I thought The Mighty was that movie with the little person and the giant oaf and Sharon Stone or some shit.

  • June 2, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Barack Obama as Alpha-One. Donald Trump as Cole!

    by IAmTommyWiseau

  • June 2, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Actually, no...

    by Chewtoy

    The creators apparently controlled the movie rights, rather than WB having first pass at them. As for Red, WB passed on the project, and then gave permission for it to be shopped to other studios. They then passed on co-producing the project, even after the cast was attached. They lost out on a bundle when it was a hit outside of their system (while they produced "Jonah Hex" instead.) Without any investment in it, and not owning the property outright, they make very little off of Red's success.

  • June 2, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by the new transported man

    The problem isn't comic movie fans perceiving a barrier to entry with comic books, it's that grown folk don't want to read comic books & kids don't want to read anything. Print media is shrinking everywhere. Rebooting DC or Marvel Ultimate or whatever jump-starts sales with kept fans but does little to bring new fans into comics. It's a downward trajectory for comics, not likely to change.

  • June 2, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    same ol, same ol

    by alienindisguise

    all of this is shit. every comic is essentially the same story wise so I can see why the studio simpletons are buying up all the options/rights on these books. Lame fuckwads.

  • June 2, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I'm going to see 'X-Men:First Class' tomorrow...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...and there's still no review here on AICN? Poor show, Big H.

  • June 2, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I get "the Mighty" mixed up with "Unredeemable"

    by cookylamoo

    Besides, wasn't the greatest super-hero in the world an asshole back in "Mystery Men"?

  • June 2, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    yer mama

    by badfishnbc

    You forgot their formula: Deadline exclusive+AICN "reporter" name+Wikipedia background info=AICN post. EVERY. F'N. TIME. This is an aggregator site now.

  • June 2, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    This site is pathetic

    by Loosejerk

    No review of the X-men movie by the day before release? How sad. Guess I'll go back to Dark Horizons for my geek news.

  • June 2, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Alan Thick wrote the theme to Diffrent Strokes

    by jarjarmessiah

    True That!

  • June 2, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Make Marshall Law instead

    by jarjarmessiah

    It was the same idea. (Superman is a secret asshole!)

  • June 2, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    What lady died from the Cosby show????

    by The Founder

  • June 2, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    GREAT limited series

    by BlaGyver

    Enjoyed it thoroughly. This could really go somewhere if handed to the right people.

  • June 2, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    This could be a seriously great movie with a sequel

    by Detective_Fingerling

    to match. They'd really have to make it R rated to set it apart from everything else out there to this point. I hope Irredeemable gets fast tracked now because of this, but I fear the "heroes" of that title are just too laugh out loud ridiculous to put too much money towards it.

  • June 2, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    "What are youuuuu?" ... "I'm Alpha-One."

    by Triple_J_72

    Nope, doesn't work for me.

  • June 2, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    That sounds exactly like other countless series of comics

    by Nabster

    Theres tons of comics that are exactly the same. Emissionary, Irredeemable, etc, etc.

  • June 2, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • June 3, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    More proof WB has no faith in superheroes

    by Tom Fremgen

    As I've said many times, Green Lantern better be a hit (I hope it is), or WB wait another 20 years before making another movie that isn't Batman or Superman.

  • June 5, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    The one who played Cosby's mom.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Really died. Alan Thicke. Still among the living. I don't get the humor of the whole "death hoax" thing.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Started off good

    by Hedgehog000

    The psychopathic superman story starts off good but the wrap up is very weak. I'd rather see Invincible where the main character's Superman like father turns out to be part of a race of evil conquerors.