Paramount Options Paul Pope's 'Battling Boy'

'Battling Boy'"Battling Boy," an upcoming graphic novel by award-winning comic book artist and fashion designer Paul Pope, has been snatched up by Paramount Pictures for a potential big-screen adaptation. Variety reports that Brad Pitt's production company Plan B is attached to bring the project to theaters.

Over at the website for publisher First Second Books, Pope described the still-in-production "Battling Boy" as "the story of a god or a super hero—it is left unspecified—who comes down from the top of a mountain (or rather, from inside a cloud/UFO contraption/contrivance from above a mountain top) at this father's behest, in order to rid a giant city from it's plague of monsters. Hercules had his labors, Batman has his Gotham, Battling Boy has his Monstropolis."

Best known for his work on "Batman: Year 100," Pope teased his website readers last month with the prospect of a massive, 50-page fight sequence in "Battling Boy," writing, "In 'Batman Year 100,' I had room for a couple of long fight sequences, but I felt cramped even with 200 pages. This fight scene from BATTLING BOY alone is about 50 pages."

"It's liberating to have no page restrictions," Pope added. "I wish [Jack] Kirby could've had 50 pages for one fight scene, imagine what he would've done."

The studio is still looking for a writer to adapt "Battling Boy," which is scheduled for release in 2010.

What do you think about the prospects for a "Battling Boy" movie? Heck, since the book isn't even on shelves yet, what do you think about the prospects for the print version? Are you a fan of Pope's work? What about those long fight sequences? Let us know in the comments!