Comic cult favorite heads to bigscreen

Warner Bros. Pictures is giving new life to DC Comics cult favorite “Doom Patrol,” about a band of superheroes with freakish powers, with Akiva Goldsman producing the bigscreen adaptation through his Warners-based Weed Road Pictures.

Studio has hired Adam Turner to pen the screenplay.

News is sure to set off buzz at Comic-Con. Debuting in 1963, “Doom Patrol” was often compared to Marvel’s “X-Men.” Both comics follow the exploits of a band of super-powered social misfits ostracized by the rest of the world.

As with X-Men, the Doom Patrol is guided by a wheelchair-boundmentor in fighting evil. Characters include Elasti-Girl, Negative Man and Robotman.

Series, created by Bob Haney, Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, ceased in 1968 after failing to woo a big aud. DC revived the series several times over the years, however, with more recent incarnations turning “Doom Patrol” into a much darker, edgier comic than “X-Men.”

Producers of the film version are Goldsman and Weed Road’s Kerry Foster. Weed Road’s Matt Smith brought in the project.

“These are some of the most original, offbeat comicbook characters we have ever come across, and Adam Turner’s unique sensibility makes him a perfect fit for the material,” Goldsman told Daily Variety.

Turner sold an untitled teen horror pitch to Lionsgate last year. Project is being produced by Lawrence Bender.

(Ben Fritz contributed to this report.)

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