Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Richard Boom0
‘The Pro’ Lands Movie Deal At Paramount… High Five all around
The Pro started out as a prestige format one-shot comic book written by Garth Ennis, with pencils and lettering by Amanda Conner and inks by Jimmy Palmiotti. The Pro was originally published by Image Comics in 2002 and is in its eight printing via Image Comics.
Sidenote: A second story (Pro vs Ho) has been added in the meantime.
The Pro is a parody of mainstream superhero comics and it details the brief career of a prostitute given superhuman powers by a diety called the Viewer. She is asked to join the League of Honor to help curb her anti-heroic behavior. Her use of coarse language and her very direct (and ‘liberal’) actions, demeanour and approach (some might call it practical, but it sure ain’t regular in superhero-comics) throughout the stories.
Expect the story of The Pro to be “a humorous twist on the superhero genre” with lots of parody and of course the occasional semi-sublimal voice against big companies, the superhero-industry and such.
The great news (exclusive at Deadline) is that Paramount Pictures has picked up rights to The Pro, with Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts is producing and Zoe McCarthy has been hired to write the screenplay.
You might know that the name Jimmy Palmiotti has been mentioned before with the Kristanna Loken featured TV-series Painkiller Jane (based on Palmiotti’s and Marvel’s Big Honcho Joe Quasada) creator-owned series. A renewed big screen adaptation of Painkiller Jane has just attached Oscar-nominated actrice Jessica Chastain, by the way.
The name Garth Ennis might ring a bell as producer of AMC’s Preacher, based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series writer Ennis created with artist (R.I.P.) Steve Dillon.