Paul Greengrass to Adapt Brian Michael Bendis’ Torso

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After the dull and uninspired Jason Bourne, it feels like it might be time for Paul Greengrass to finally branch out and try something new. He’s been doing intense and gritty thrillers for the better part of two decades now, but over the past few years he has flirted with some different kinds of projects including remakes of Fantastic Voyage, Treasure Island, and 1984 (among others). While none of those seem to have panned out (at least not yet) he is now in the process of setting up what could actually be his first comic book movie. It’s not a superhero flick though, and in keeping with his previous work, it is based on a true story. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, Paul Greengrass has signed on to direct Ness for Paramount Pictures. The movie is based on the 1998 graphic novel Torso by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko and centers on the true story of U.S. Prohibition agent Elliot Ness. Although he is best known for leading The Untouchables and bringing down Al Capone, this focuses on the latter part of his career during his investigation into the notorious torso murders in Cleveland in the mid to late ’30s.

The script is written by Oscar-winning scribe Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) who previously worked with Greengrass on Green Zone and The Bourne Supremacy. Paramount is apparently hoping to turn this into a potential franchise, although I guess they would be limited by the other major cases that Ness tackled over the years. Years ago, David Fincher was attached to direct this movie and more recently David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon). Do you think Paul Greengrass is a good choice to direct Ness?

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