The film will be scripted by Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), with Adam McKay directing. McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers) co-wrote Ant-Man and has writing credit for the forthcoming sequel. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are producing for BOOM! Studios, with Gary Sanchez’s McKay and Kevin Messick. Adam Yoelin from BOOM! Studios was also named as a co-producer.
Waid’s BOOM! Studios comic was released in 2009 and ran for 36 issues. The story follows superhero Plutonian, who suddenly begins killing Earth’s population. The Paradigm, a superhero group of his former allies, are forced to intervene, but since none of them are powerful enough to take on Plutonian, they must turn to a supervillain to help them outwit him. The series was nominated for several Harvey and Eisner Awards, of which it won Waid Best Writer Eisner in 2012 (see “24th Annual Eisner Award Winners”). The comic has sold more than 1 million copies.