Story returns to comics for WB's 'Losers'


Tim Story, who is putting the final touches on "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," has inked a deal to helm another comic book-based movie, DC-Vertigo's "The Losers" for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster are producing via Weed Road, while Peter Berg produces with Sarah Aubrey through their Film 44 shingle. John Cameron, who brought the project to Film 44, is also producing.

"Losers" follows a highly trained and eclectic Special Ops team that is set up, betrayed and left for dead. They go on a quest to find who sold them out and why, righting wrongs they encounter along the way.

The tales of "Losers" ran in the pages DC Comics' "G.I. Combat" and "Our Fighting Forces" in the 1970s and revolved around the adventures of a misfit group of U.S. troops during World War II. The book was relaunched about five years ago under the company's Vertigo imprint by writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock, who turned the title into a gritty modern action-espionage adventure book.

Story, who did the first "Fantastic Four" movie in 2005, was looking to move out of the fantasy and comic book realm when "Losers" came along.

"I told my agents I didn't want to do another comic book," Story said. "I had been in the world of fantasy and I wanted to do something very edgy, a realist action movie. I wanted to find something like a 'Bourne Identity' or 'Black Hawk Down.' "

He was sent "Losers" and fell for it right away.

"I was like, this is great — and then I found out it was a comic book," he said, laughing. When he read the comic, he found it to be "incredible."

Story said "Losers" probably will be his next movie, with casting beginning immediately. "We are going full steam ahead."

The movie will be a one-off but with sequel potential.

Berg, who at one point was eyeing to direct the project, wrote the adaptation, which is now being worked by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac").

Dan Lin is overseeing for Warners along with Matt Reilly.

DC Comics exec Gregory Noveck is overseeing for DC.

Story's credits include "Fantastic Four," "Taxi" and "Barbershop." He also is exec producing "First Sunday," a Screen Gems comedy starring Ice Cube. "Silver Surfer" opens Friday.

Story is repped by WMA and attorney Matt Johnson and Michael Plotkin.