Variety is reporting that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have signed on to produce a big screen adapation of the Vertigo comic series Sleeper for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. In addition, the site reports that Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and David Wiener (“The Killing”) will pen the sceenplay for the adaptation. No director or casting is currently in place for the film.
Based on the series created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, an adaptation of Sleeper was set up previously at WB with director Sam Raimi producing and Tom Cruise starring.
“Sleeper,” which ran from 2003-05, centers on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass it on to others through skin contact. He is placed undercover in a villainous organization by an intelligence agency and falls for a member of the group, named Miss Misery.