Is it the cover of a comic book, or a night out with Brett Ratner?
According to Variety, Paramount has acquired the rights to the Harbinger comic series and plans to give the project to Brett Ratner to develop. Apparently Ratner, no doubt heady with the success of delivering X-Men 3 on time, has been “looking for an opportunity to start a superhero franchise from scratch.”
Here’s how they described Harbinger, created by Jim Shooter:
”Harbingers are humans with powers that can be unlocked by “omega” harbingers. Teenager Pete Stanchek finds himself on a collision course with an older “omega” who used his gifts to become an evil industrialist.”
(the words “evil industrialist” are always a good indicator that you’re in comic book territory)
Producer Alexandra Milchan describes the movie as, “…in the vein of a young ‘Blade Runner,’ as this 17-year- old gifted kid helps other kids tap into these parts of their brains.” Oh good–we are always for anything that involves 17 year olds using their brains.
So the rash of comic book film rights being sold continues. Ratner is busy working on “Playboy,” which is, unsurprisingly, the story of Hugh Hefner. Hey, Brett, throw in a sequel to that one, and many young men would say you’ve already got your superhero franchise.