As we reported way back in August of last year, the unlikely duo of Sam Raimi and Tom Cruise were setting out to adapt the DC Comic-Book Sleeper into a live action film, with Sam Raimi producing and Tom Cruise starring. Sleeper centers on an operative named Holden Carver(Cruise) whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass it on to others through skin contact, who is placed undercover in a villainous organization by an intelligence agency.
Well not much else has happened with the project until now. Brad Ingelsby was originally attached to write the screenplay for Sleeper. But it seems as though things didn't work out . Sleeper creator Ed Brubaker sat down with MTV and shed some light on the situation.
I talked to one of the producers a couple of weeks ago, and they have a new screenwriter that they hired. I don’t think they [Ingelsby and the producers] could all get on the same page. You know Hollywood, though. They usually go through a million screenwriters on one project.
Brubaker couldn't recall the new writers name at the time. That's not a good sign for whomever he is. But Brubaker sites similarities in the Sleeper story line, and that of JJ Abrams highly successful Star Trek reboot as the main obstacle in the studio's plans for the film.
...in ‘Sleeper,’ there’s a ’suitcase black hole’ in the story. That was going to be part of the master plan of the bad guy in the ‘Sleeper’ movie, and then ‘Star Trek’ came out and it had this miniature black hole, and they’re like, ‘Now we can’t use a suitcase black hole,’ and it went back for a rewrite.
Understandably so, Star Trek is a bonafide hit! But on the same note, we're dealing with Sci-Fi here, black holes and time travel are quite common place. Brubaker laments...
I don’t understand why movies are like that. That’s like saying you can’t use World War II because ‘Saving Private Ryan’ did it already.
Touche' Ed! Well how do you guys feel? Are the story lines too close? Can Cruise pull off a comic-book film? Let us know what you think!