New comic movie puts a supervillain in ... witness protection?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Incognito, a new twist on the superhero movie based on a graphic novel, is shaping up at 20th Century Fox, with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle) writing the script.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips created the graphic novel series, about a supervillain who tries to survive in a witness protection program after ratting out his boss, Deadline NY reported:

Peter Chernin and his Chernin Entertainment will produce with Circle of Confusion's David Engel.

The protagonist is Zack Overkill, a ruthless villain who is powered by super strength. He is caught and rats out his boss, The Black Death. He goes into witness protection. He's given a drug to dull his powers and takes a normal guy job as delivering the mail. By the time he discovers that messing with certain drugs restores his power, he has developed something of a conscience. He becomes a vigilante and soon, his exploits become known to The Black Death, who is out for revenge.

Brubaker is the comics writer who did The Death of Captain America, Daredevil and others.

After Kick-Ass, we're eager to see more movies that tweak the superhero genre. Are you?

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