Presumably because someone on the creative team had unseemly pictures of a Paramount executive (we're guessing), Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s comic book The Pro has snagged itself a movie deal.
Released by Image in 2002, the book stars a prostitute who’s accidentally granted superhuman powers and is subsequently drafted onto a super-team called the “League of Honor,” whose moral code is a bit more rigid than she’s used to. Chaos, as you can imagine, ensues. It’s an outrageous send-up of superhero tropes done in the most gratuitous and occasionally disturbing ways possible, meaning that if done right this could find a similar audience to Deadpool’s.
The creative team of the comic are all people that regular comic readers would probably be familiar with: Ennis is best known as the writer behind Preacher, while Conner and Palmiotti have found massive success steering DC’s Harley Quinn franchise. The graphic novel has been reprinted numerous times by Image, most recently receiving a new printing in August of last year.
There are no directors or actors attached to the project as of yet, but the announcement did mention that Erwin Stoff will be producing from a screenplay by Zoe McCarthy. Anything remotely resembling the original book would almost certainly be R-rated, so this is probably another sign that the R-rated superhero movie trend sparked by Fox’s success with Deadpool and Logan is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.
Have you read The Pro? Are you excited for more R-rated superheroes on the big screen? Are you just looking for a good time, handsome? Let us know—okay, maybe not that last one—in the comments below!
(Via Deadline, art by Amanda Conner)