A Movie About the Supervillain Witness Protection Program? Yes, Please.

Incognito, the noir-flavored Marvel comic from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, is heading to Fox. Will this real-worldish, superpowered flick fare better than the latest round of comic book movies?

The marketplace has not been overly kind to comic-book movies as of late, with both Kick-Ass and The Losers underperforming — and getting their asses kicked by cute dragons. Of course, Iron Man 2 will change all of that this weekend, but IM is a known quantity. In this climate, how is Hollywood feeling about films based on characters no one's ever heard of?

Pretty good, it seems. Fox has just acquired Brubaker and Phillips' Incognito — about a career criminal named Zack Overkill who rats on his boss, gets a new boring identity, but develops a taste for the vigilante life — and hired Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan to write the screenplay. Which definitely shows confidence in both the genre and the material. But wouldn't it be nice, one of these days, to see the words "Brubaker will adapt his own comic"?

I'm just sayin'.

(Via Bleeding Cool)