Patrick Osborne to Direct ‘Battling Boy’ for Paramount

Paramount has tapped Patrick Osborne to direct its movie adaptation of Paul Pope’s graphic novel “Battling Boy” through Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

Producers on the project are Plan B’s Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg.

Osborne won the best animated short film earlier this year for Disney’s “Feast,” a six-minute film which follows a man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his dog. His animation credits include “Big Hero 6,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Tangled.”

“Battling Boy” centers on a 12-year-old demigod who must rid the dystopian sprawl of Acropolis of monsters and demons following the death of its protector. The book debuted in 2013 and led to the publication of prequels “The Death of Haggard West (The Invincible Haggard West)” and “The Rise of Aurora West.”

Paramount has been developing “Battling Boy” since 2008, when it acquired the rights and set the project at Plan B.

News of Osborne’s attachment was first reported by The Tracking Board.

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