It was inevitable. With the one-two punch of Deadpool and Logan proving that R-rated superhero movies can be very profitable for a willing studio, one willing studio is now banking that they can extend the trend. To comic book readers, the names Garth Ennis and Amanda Conner are very familiar, and Paramount Pictures is banking on a recent graphic novel they did to make all sorts of money from fans looking for hardcore violence, profanity and sex with a satirical tale of a prostitute with super-powers. The project is called The Pro, but can it work?
Deadline had the news that the Ennis/Connor prestige format graphic novel from Image Comics has been picked up by Paramount. Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts will produce, and Zoe McCarthy, who’s best known for a spec script she wrote called Bitches On A Boat, will write the screenplay. The plot finds the titular character gaining super-powers from an alien called “The Viewer”, and then joining a team called the League of Honour, who almost immediate expels her for her course language, blood-letting, and for performing a sex act on one of the other members of the team.
This is not uncharted territory for Ennis who’s developing quite the Hollywood profile. He wrote the acclaimed comic book series Preacher, which is now a critically-accliamed drama series on AMC, and his tenure on Marvel’s Punisher has heavily influenced both Punisher movies and the character as he’s portrayed on Daredevil. The Pro seems primed to be an excellent comic book satire in the vain of Kick-Ass, but that will depend on the director they get to bring it to the screen. Obviously, there’s no word on the hiring of a director, a cast, or even a release date yet, so stay tuned.
Source: Comic Book Movie