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Del Toro is a Deadman

Del Toro working on DeadmanMan, the title of this article makes us sound kind of pissed, no? Well that’s not the case. We love the guy. Now more than ever!

The Hollywood Reporter, ummmm, reported (go figure) today that Guillermo del Toro is teaming up with Don Murphy’s Angry Films to bring cult DC Comics superhero Deadman to the big screen.

Del Toro is in negotiations to develop the comics-to-film adaptation, which would be produced by del Toro, Murphy and Susan Montford. Deadman is the ghost of a circus acrobat named Boston Brand, who was murdered during a trapeze performance. A Hindu goddess granted his spirit the power to possess any living being in order to find his killer, and in the ensuing search Brand finds himself obliged to help others. The hero was created in 1967 by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino and is known for a run of issues by artist Neal Adams.

Why Deadman, you ask?

Deadman has great supernatural elements and is one of the more off-kilter superheroes,” says del Toro. “What I like is that it has some of the canon of horror films but has a quest and the heroics in the more traditional superhero roots. It’s a great combination that is not very common to superheroes.”

No writers are attached to the project as of yet, but del Toro has suggested that there’s a slight chance he may just slip out of the producer’s chair and into the director’s.

Keep it here for more as it comes.

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