Paramount Pictures may be hopping on the R-rated superhero film bandwagon following the big box office success of “Logan” and “Deadpool.” According to Deadline, the studio has just secured the movie rights to Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s ribald superhero romp “The Pro.”
Filled with barely veiled swipes at various DC comics characters, “The Pro” was first published in 2002 by Image Comics and follows the life of a sex worker who wakes up one morning and discovers she has developed superpowers. She is then recruited into a superhero team but soon finds her everyday experience does not mesh seamlessly with some of her colleagues’ naiveté and high moral ideals.
“The Matrix’s” Erwin Stoff is currently attached to the project as producer, as is screenwriter Zoe McCarthy, best known for writing “Bitches On A Boat” on script duties.
For Ennis, a big screen adaptation of “The Pro” follows close on the heels of the successful AMC series “Preacher,” which was adapted from the comic of he and artist Steve Dillon co-created in the 1990s. Additionally, Palmiotti’s “Painkiller Jane” is also in development as a film, with Jessica Chastain attached to star.
Considering the adult nature of the series, Paramount’s “The Pro” will likely also be rated R, though it’s far too early in the process to know for sure. The project does not yet have a release date.