Vanderbilt adapting DC-Vertigo comicbook

Leaving behind the world of superheroes, Tim Story is set to direct the bigscreen adaptation of DC-Vertigo’s gritty comicbook “The Losers” for Warner Bros.

Studio has hired James Vanderbilt to adapt Andy Diggle’s comicbook, working from a first draft by Peter Berg.

Berg and Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster are producing. Also producing is Sarah Aubrey, Berg’s partner at Film 44, and John Cameron, who brought the project to Film 44. Legendary Pictures is co-financing and co-producing. DC Comics senior VP of creative affairs Gregory Noveck is overseeing for DC Comics.

Film will center around a small band of elite and highly trained commandos who are set up to to be killed by their own government. They set out to avenge the wrong, as well as avenge other injustices.

“The Losers” was published by DC Comics imprint Vertigo in the 1970s. Strip was revived several years.

Story’s feature adaptation will be set in contemporary times, with the special ops team carrying out missions around the world before the members are left for dead. Flying under the radar, they return and move around the U.S.

“I’m a big fan of the edge of war movies like ‘Black Hawk Down’ or ‘Band of Brothers,’ and this has some of that. I was looking for a vehicle that would have that edge, but I didn’t want to lose my personality, which is a bit tongue-and-cheek, where the characters have a little fun with each other,” Story told Daily Variety.

“I haven’t made a movie in the real world since ‘Barbershop,’ because I’ve been locked into the superhero fantasy world,” he says.

Berg originally penned the script with an eye to direct, but is instead helming “Tonight, He Comes.”

Story’s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” opens June 15. Second installment in the Fox franchise comes two years after Story’s 2005 “Fantastic Four.”

Story is producing the upcoming film “First Sunday,” starring Ice Cube, for Screen Gems.

Story is repped by WMA.

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