'Watchmen' scribe is man for this 'Boy'


Alex Tse has been hired to tackle the adaptation of "Battling Boy" for Plan B and Paramount Pictures.

Brad Pitt's production company picked up rights in November to the forthcoming graphic novel written and illustrated by Paul Pope. The story line follows the son of a god who comes down from a mountaintop at his father's urging to rid the giant, continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts.

First Second Books will publish the comic in the spring. Paramount execs Eben Davidson and Andrew Calof are overseeing Tse's adaptation for the studio.

Tse, who is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment, co-wrote the recent adaptation of "Watchmen," which Paramount distributed internationally. The film has grossed $177 million worldwide.

He also has two projects at Warner Bros.: a live-action adaptation of "Ninja Scroll" in development with Appian Way and "The Illustrated Man," an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's stories, in development for director Zack Snyder. Tse is also working on the screenplay for "Frankie Machine," which Michael Mann will direct for Paramount.

Plan B's overall deal with Paramount includes the in-progress adaptations of "Eat, Pray, Love," with Ryan Murphy directing; graphic novels "The Killer" and "Black Hole," both David Fincher projects; and the zombie-apocalypse thriller "World War Z," which Marc Forster will direct. (partialdiff)