Ant-Man screenwriter to direct adaptation of Mark Waid's evil superhero comic, Irredeemable

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May 8, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Adept screenwriter/director Adam McKay has been hooked to helm a big-screen adaptation of Mark Waid's Irredeemable comic book for 20th Century Fox, which features a mass-murdering superhero named the Plutonian.  


McKay was responsible for the agile, whip-smart script for Marvel's Ant-Man and is currently reworking a fresh draft of Ant-Man and the Wasp.  This will be McKay's (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) next major assignment behind the camera after his solid work on The Big Short, with the screenplay being written by Tommy Wirkolawho, who penned the underrated Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and the insane Nazi zombie Dead Snow flicks.  


Irredeemable was Waid's creator-owned title with art by Peter Krause, published through Boom! Studios from 2009-2012, and told the ambitious tale of Plutonian, a superpowered entity once thought to be the world's most revered savior, and his descent and transformation into Earth's greatest supervillain. After obliterating Sky City, a metropolis he once guarded, and killing millions of innocent citizens across the globe, a potent force of remaining superheroes called the Paradigm must band together to discover the reason behind the maniac's insanity and stop his homicidal rampage.  With its darker shades of the superhero realm and a loyal following from Mark Waid's 37-issue comic run, this might be an interesting diversion from the increasingly formulaic fare being served up throughout the calendar year.  

Are you a fan of the Eisner Award-winning Irredeemable series, and is McKay the best choice for this upcoming adaptation?

(Via Collider)