Much of the superhero news coming out of 20th Century Fox lately has revolved around X-Men, Deadpool and a certain squadron of New Mutants – and rightly so.
Standing on the verge of release, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse represents the closure of a barnstorming and, crucially, lucrative prequel series; whereas Deadpool blew past just about everyone’s expectations to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
But for the studio’s next creative venture, they’ve turned to Boom! Comics’ Irredeemable, Mark Waid and Peter Krouse’s comic series that revolves around The Plutonian, a former hero who has a change of heart to become the most formidable supervillain the world has ever seen – flooding entire continents and racking up a death toll in the millions. Aiming to stem that rampage is the Paradigm, a ragtag crew of heroes that band together to, you guessed it, save the world.
Set to be adapted for the big screen by writer-director Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), Deadline notes that Adam McKay, director of The Big Short and co-writer on Marvel’s Ant-Man, will take the reins of the feature film. Ross Richie of Boom! will produce, alongside Stephen Christy with McKay and Kevin Messick.
Here’s the synopsis pulled from the source material:
Irredeemable follows The Plutonian, who one days snaps and becomes the world’s greatest supervillain, flooding continents and killing millions. The former hero’s allies, a team of heroes called The Paradigm, are the only ones that can stop him all while on the run from his god-like rage. As the team tries to uncover his secrets and find a way to stop him, they must figure out what drove him to the edge and team up with their former enemies to stop their friend. What happens to the world when its savior betrays it?
We’ll keep you updated on everything relating to Irredeemable as more news comes to light, but for now, tell us, are you excited to see this story hit the big screen?