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    May 1, 2010

    FOX DEVELOPING INCOGNITO

    Icon Comics' Incognito may have grabbed some attention on by the 20th Century Fox. The studio has picked up the rights for movie adaptation form the creators Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. I know many of you may not know who is Incognito is. Incognito has a small run from 2008-2009 in a six volumes turnout under Icon Comic (imprint of Marcel Comics).


    The comic is set in a world in which larger-than-life pulp heroes and villains have existed since the early 1800s. The original super was an escaped convict named Kenneth Lee who went by the name the Black Death. His powers came from a radioactive object which landed in New England over 200 years ago. Other notable supers include the descendants of the soldiers who were chasing him including the Doc Savage-esque "Professor Zeppelin," the Shadow-esque "Lazarus". After WWII, the SOS agency created by Zeppelin has kept most stories about the supers out of the news. The comic deals with former science villain Zack Overkill, who is in the Witness Protection Program after giving testimony against The Black Death. Zack is required to take a drug that eliminates his super abilities and given a job delivering mail in an office.


    In an interview with Deadline, Ed Brubaker, the creator said,
    He’s not your typical villain and I was trying to blend the trappings of pulp, comic and noir genres. We’ve all seen the story of a good person who goes undercover and gets corrupted. This is a bad person forced to live among regular people, and how he’s affected by that. He once ran around with a mask, but now he’s got the fake name and the fake job. My goal was to have you rooting for him as he grows a conscience.


    The studio raised a high hope on this one but would this be a good superhero alternative of the regular Marvel and DC's? No casting or director yet but Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Schenkkan will write the script first for Fox. We will see if this happened.
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