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From Watchmen to Battling Boy

WATCHMEN co-writer Alex Tse has been hired by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B Productions to pen graphic novel adaptation BATTLING BOY, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The yet-unpublished graphic novel is written and illustrated by Paul Pope, and was picked up by Plan B last November. About the son of a god who comes down to earth to rid the giant city of Monstropolis of a beast plague, the comic is set to be published sometime this spring.

Eben Davidson and Andrew Calof are overseeing the film adaptation for Paramount. Tse has two other film projects in the works at Warner Bros., a live-action adaptation of NINJA SCROLL in development under Appian Way and THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's stories in development as a vehicle for director Zack Snyder.

The busy Tse also has FRANKIE MACHINE at Paramount for Michael Mann to direct.

Plan B and Paramount, as part of the overall deal, have EAT, PRAY, LOVE in progress along with graphic novel adaptations THE KILLER and BLACK HOLE from David Fincher and zombie thriller WORLD WAR Z that Marc Forster is directing.

-- By News Editor Annemarie Moody