When your six minute animated short wins an Oscar, and you have a track record of working in the animation departments for films like Big Hero 6 and Wreck-It Ralph, you apparently become quite a sought after commodity. Who knew? Such is the case for Patrick Osborne, whose aforementioned short, Feast, won him an Academy Award last year. Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, has hired him to bring a film adaptation of the graphic novel Battling Boy to the big screen.
Written by Paul Pope, the graphic novel tells the story of a 13 year old demigod that wears magical-powered t-shirts, who must save Acropolis from vicious monsters when the reigning protector of the realm dies. Along the way, he has to deal with his arrogant superhero dad, and the vengeful daughter of the late aforementioned hero.
Pope is probably most widely known for his Batman mini-series, Batman: Year 100. He’s won four Eisner Awards for his outstanding work as a comic book writer, including one in 2014 for Battling Boy.
As for Patrick Osborne, he’ll be directing Battling Boy based off of a script written by David Gordon Green and Josh Parkinson. The tone of the film is said to be comedic, with a sort of “punk rock” vibe. That description makes me think of Scott Pilgrim.
Sounds pretty cool.