'Pineapple Express' Director Explains The Appeal Of 'Battling Boy' Adaptation

It's been more than a year since our last update on the "Battling Boy" movie, director David Gordon Green's adaptation of Paul Pope's graphic novel.

When MTV News caught up with Green at New York Comic Con, the "Pineapple Express" filmmaker explained the appeal of taking on an "undiscovered" project like "Battling Boy."

"I'm working right now on an adaptation of a Paul Pope graphic novel called 'Battling Boy,' which to me is fun, because the world hasn't necessarily discovered this character and these environments and these stories," he said.

When "Battling Boy" was first announced, Pope described the book 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."

In November 2008, "Battling Boy" was optioned by Brad Pitt's production company Plan B, with "Watchmen" screenwriter Alex Tse penning the screenplay. Green and screenwriter Josh Parkinson were attached to the project earlier this year, with Parkinson reworking the existing script.

"The idea of taking something that's fresh and being able to put my own fingerprints on it, but without the sacred rules of things that are going to offend and frustrate their fanbase... I think it's something that you can take the seeds of the ideas and the inspiration and make your own movie version of it," said Green.

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