The Hollywood Reporter has word that Sylvain White is in final negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct The Losers, based on the Vertigo series by Andy Diggle and Jock.
White is at least the third director attached to the feature, after Tim Story (Fantastic Four) and Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom). Berg and James Vanderbilt (The Rundown) both have taken stabs at the script.
Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment will develop and finance the project, which is set to begin production early next year. According to Variety, Warner Bros. will distribute the movie “in a scenario similar to that for the recent release of Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla.”
The original version of The Losers — a team of World War II fighting men — first appeared in 1969. Previously each of the characters had starred in his own military-adventure series. In 2003, Diggle and Jock updated the concept for DC’s Vertigo imprint, casting new characters as a team of special forces operatives who declare war on the CIA after their handler tries to assassinate them.
The new series ran for 32 issues, from August 2003 to March 2006.
White, who directed Stomp the Yard, is set to helm Castlevania and the adaptation of Frank Miller’s Ronin.
Gregory Noveck will oversee The Losers for DC Comics, and Matt Reilly for Warner Bros.