Paramount Pictures Acquires Battling Boy

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

The 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.

The 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” comic book series. He worked for years at Kodansha, Japan’s best-known manga publisher.