Paramount gets behind ‘Battling Boy’

Pitt's Plan B to produce Paul Pope adaptation

Paramount Pictures has acquired Paul Pope’s upcoming graphic novel “Battling Boy,” with Brad Pitt’s Plan B shingle to produce the adaptation.

Gritty tale centers on the son of a god or superhero who comes down from the top of a mountain at his father’s behest in order to rid a giant city of monsters.

Book will be published in spring 2010 by First Second Books.

Pope, a multiple Eisner Award winner who writes and illustrates his work, is best known for his “Heavy Liquid” and “Batman: Year 100” comicbook series. He worked for years at Kodansha, Japan’s best-known manga publisher.

Par-based Plan B is developing a number of high-profile comicbook-based projects, including “Black Hole” and “World War Z.”

Studio is looking to attach a writer to adapt “Battling Boy.”

Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will serve in some producing capacity.