A good deal for bad guys

Universal plans to bring Viper Comics' 'Villains' to big screen

After a summer of superheroes, will superbaddies now get their due? Universal has paid mid-six-figures for the movie rights to an upcoming Viper Comics graphic novel titled "Villains" and tapped Matt Jennison and Brent Strickland to pen the adaptation. Sean Bailey is producing via his Idealogy banner.

The graphic novel, by Adam Cogan and Ryan Cody, puts super bad guys center stage. The plot, told from the baddies' perspective, follows a young man who is failing at life and finds purpose when he meets a Svengali-style villain who takes him under his wing.

Idealogy's Matt Smith is executive producing. Viper Comics' Jessie Garza will co-produce. Scott Bernstein is overseeing for Universal.

Other Idealogy projects in development include the "Tron" re-imagining at Disney, with Joe Kosinski directing; "The Blade Itself" at Miramax; and "Solace" at New Line, which Bailey wrote with Ted Griffin and Mark Pellington is directing. Bailey also just sold the spec pilot "The Unlimited" to ABC.

Jennison and Strickland, repped by ICM and Underground Management, are writing "Wonder Woman" for Warner Bros. and Joel Silver. (partialdiff)
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