The comic book IRREDEEMABLE from Boom! Comics has been acquired by 20th Century Fox, with the studio setting Tommy Wirkola to pen the adaptation for Adam McKay to direct. McKay, who recently won an Oscar for his script for The Big Short, will also produce through his Gary Sanchez Productions with Kevin Messick, while Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce for Boom! Studios.
Created by Mark Waid with illustrations by Peter Krause and Diego Barretto, the story centers around the Plutonian, who is considered the world’s greatest superhero until he begins heartlessly slaughtering the population of Earth – at least those who defy him. His former allies, the superhero group The Paradigm, attempt to find a way to stop his rampage while dealing with their own problems of betrayal and hopelessness.
The comic series ran for thirty-seven issues and one special from April 2009 to May 2012.
The project offers McKay, who co-wrote the script for Marvel’s Ant-Man and will also contribute to the sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, an opportunity to launch his own superhero franchise – one that the Anchorman and Talladega Nights director can tailor to his comedic tastes.
Wirkola is the writer-director behind Dead Snow and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. He recently wrapped on What Happened to Monday?, a sci-fi thriller that was featured on the 2010 Black List.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor