While talking with writer Ed Brubaker about the return of Captain America to the Marvel Comics universe, the recent release of "Sleeper: Season One" (a collection of his 2003-2005 superhero crime series) reminded me that the "Captain America" comic isn't his only project with big-screen connections. But what's going on with the "Sleeper" movie these days?
Back in August, it was announced that "Sleeper" was tagged for adaptation with Sam Raimi producing the film and Tom Cruise starring as Holden Carver, a super-powered secret agent deep undercover within a supervillain cabal and left hanging when the only person who knows he's one of the good guys falls into a coma. In October, word hit the wire that Hollywood newcomer Brad Ingelsby would write the screenplay for the adaptation, but updates have been few and far between since that time.
According to Brubaker, little has changed since the last update -- except for the screenwriter, that is.
"I talked to one of the producers a couple of weeks ago, and they have a new screenwriter that they hired," Brubaker told MTV News. "I don't think they could all get on the same page."
"You know Hollywood, though," added Brubaker, who couldn't recall the new screenwriter's name. "They usually go through a million screenwriters on one project."
As for where the adaptation stands right now, Brubaker said he's fairly certain everything is still "in the outlining stage" at this point, but as far as he knows, Raimi and Cruise still have "Sleeper" on their radar. In fact, he said the success of "Star Trek" actually might have been one of the obstacles in the studio's plan for "Sleeper."
"If you remember in 'Sleeper,' there's a 'suitcase black hole' in the story," explained Brubaker. "That was going to be part of the master plan of the bad guy in the 'Sleeper' movie, and then 'Star Trek' came out and it had this miniature black hole, and they're like, 'Now we can't use a suitcase black hole,' and it went back for a rewrite."
"I don't understand why movies are like that," he said. "That's like saying you can't use World War II because 'Saving Private Ryan' did it already."
Nevertheless, Brubaker said he doesn't expect the cameras to start rolling on "Sleeper" anytime soon, as this is the sixth or seventh time the property has been optioned since it first hit shelves -- a fact which is even more notable given the series' sales when it was first published.
"It was one of my lowest-selling books, so you'd think that every copy that sold had ended up in Hollywood somewhere," laughed Brubaker.
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