10:01 pm - 11/21/2013

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon will reunite to produce DC Comics' "Sleeper"

Warner Bros. is ramping up development of “Sleeper,” a long-in-development DC Entertainment property that’s set up with producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd.

The studio has brought on the writing team of Shawn Ryan and David Wiener to pen the adaptation of “Sleeper,” based on the series from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips. The series began publication in 2003.

“Sleeper” — set in noir universe where a few people are spontaneously developing superpowers — follows Holden Carver, a man who can absorb pain and pass it on to others, as he infiltrates a criminal organization on behalf of a law enforcement agency. His allegiances come into question, especially when he falls for the alluring killer, Miss Misery.

Affleck and Damon have a first-look deal at Warner Bros. through their Pearl Street banner. No director or actors have been attached to “Sleeper.” Lynn Harris is supervising for the studio.

The project dates back to 2008 when Warner Bros. set up “Sleeper” with Sam Raimi and Josh Donen producing through their Stars Road banner. Tom Cruise was once reported to be attached as well.

Ryan is best known as the creator and showrunner of “The Shield.” Wiener worked with Ryan on ABC’s “Last Resort,” which Ryan co-created.

Wiener worked on season two of “The Killing” and most recently as a supervising producer on Moira Walley-Beckett’s Starz series “Flesh and Bone.” He also wrote “Extraordinary Chambers,” directed by Pam MacKinnon in 2011 at the Geffen Playhouse, where it received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Play.

endingonfire 22nd-Nov-2013 03:07 am (UTC)
LOVED Sleeper! I never would have pegged myself for liking something so crime/noir, but Brubaker is amazing. Fatale is ridiculously good too.

I wonder if they're going to keep in the references to the Wildstorm universe.
morgan90 22nd-Nov-2013 03:08 am (UTC)
Ben as Midnighter and Matt as Apollo tbh
prophecypro 22nd-Nov-2013 09:51 am (UTC)
Brubaker is a writer who can do no wrong
tx5mym5 22nd-Nov-2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Brubaker's a wonderful writer. I haven't read this one, but it's going on my reading list.
anna_bea2 22nd-Nov-2013 03:12 am (UTC)
I really want them to do that Whitey Bulger movie with Casey Affleck tho.
die2nitelive4ev 22nd-Nov-2013 03:13 am (UTC)
slight OT but work gave me the new spiderman 2 trailer. Dan Dehaan looks like he will own this film
jessepinkman 22nd-Nov-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
why havent u uploaded it??
die2nitelive4ev 22nd-Nov-2013 03:28 am (UTC)
because I like my job and dont want to breach contract
brownxeyedxdork 22nd-Nov-2013 03:41 am (UTC)
OMG ;_;
I'm not sure how much you can say, but does he have a lot of screentime in the trailer? Did you see Jamie as Electro?
die2nitelive4ev 22nd-Nov-2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Dan has more than I thought and there was less Jamie Foxx than I would have liked. Far too much slow mo and Emma Stone as the love interest. They seem to want to get across Peter growing from the first film and finding out bout his family

I believe the trailer is attached to The Hobbit
brownxeyedxdork 22nd-Nov-2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Thank you for answering! :D
Kind of bummed about the lack of Jamie but I'm still excited about the trailer.
myhipusername 22nd-Nov-2013 04:28 am (UTC)
omgh im so excited whaaaaat

what do you do?? how did you get it??

i want to do something in film but idk what
die2nitelive4ev 22nd-Nov-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
Journalist/blogger. I have nothing to do with the film industry. I get rough cuts of film trailers to review and write about.
myhipusername 22nd-Nov-2013 07:06 am (UTC)
do you invited to events?? have you met any cool celebs??

that sounds like a ton of fun tho!
alfendi 22nd-Nov-2013 03:14 am (UTC)
Oooh I need to read Sleeper.
neverhft 22nd-Nov-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
“Sleeper” — set in noir universe where a few people are spontaneously developing superpowers — follows Holden Carver, a man who can absorb pain and pass it on to others, as he infiltrates a criminal organization on behalf of a law enforcement agency.

sounds white...nty

justkeepworking 22nd-Nov-2013 04:07 am (UTC)
Well, his power sounds like Queenie's on AHS so they should just cast Gabby, tbh.
fukd_by_sugar 22nd-Nov-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Matt and Ben are so cute together. I wish they were a couple. They could knock Angie and Brad off their throne.
myhipusername 22nd-Nov-2013 04:31 am (UTC)
brownxeyedxdork 22nd-Nov-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
I just want my Incognito film. :(
shouldbegood 22nd-Nov-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
Evan Rachel Wood for Ms Misery tyvm
insecuredesign 22nd-Nov-2013 08:47 am (UTC)
Sounds like a "darker" political version of Misfits.
prophecypro 22nd-Nov-2013 09:59 am (UTC)
This had to parlay as part of the DC deal for Batman vs Superman. But WB has always done movies on lesser known DC properties which I always thought was the way to go as the costumes were too obvious, depsite people wanting the others
therearewords 22nd-Nov-2013 10:30 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good 'hero'.
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