§ Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi have bonded over SLEEPER, the Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips miniseries. Cruise is “loosely” attached to star, Raimi would produce with Josh Donen.
Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, “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.
Although the movie is seen as a “franchise” (aren’t they always?), there is a big rights tangle that must be unraveled:
Even if Cruise opts not to do “Sleeper,” his interest in the project is propelling it forward, despite complicated rights issues that must be sorted out. Raimi and Donen have long been fans of the book, and the project could have found homes at Sony and Regency if those issues hadn’t been so complex. “Sleeper” is a spin-off book from Wildstorm flagship title “WildC.A.T.s” and features characters from another spin-off book, “Gen 13.” Both books had been set up at different places around town and some of those deals were made before DC bought the imprint in 1999.
Hint to Cruise: Do CRIMINAL instead! It comes under the Kirkman Principle.
§ Meanwhile, Mandalay has “nabbed” rights to JULIUS by Antony Johnston and Brett Weldele, out from IP farm Oni.
F. Gary Gray is attached to direct.
Written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Brett Weldele, “Julius” is a contempo urban crime adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”
Mandalay prexy Cathy Schulman said that Gray “has a vision for this adaptation that will satirize obsessive consumerism while providing a thrilling ride for audiences.”
“Thrilling ride…” Hrm, hrm…