We’re looking for original and unique twists on superhero material for an ISA Verified Production Co. This needs to be original IP, which entails imaginative world-building and a strong knowledge of superhero mythos and comic book tropes. Ideally, we’re looking for a strong hook that is a twist on said tropes, with characters that can attract A-list talent. Ideally, we’d like to find something suited to the mid-to-big budget adult demographic.
The fun thing here is that we’re looking for either kids-oriented stuff OR adult, harder-edged stuff. Superhero mythos are so entrenched in our collective culture now that there’s a huge market for adult material in this genre. The main prerogative for this producer is unique perspective, a take on this genre that we haven’t quite seen before. So we are also actively seeking work by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and female writers for this gig especially.
There’s great stuff out there like The Boys, but that’s based on pre-existing material. We’re looking for characters or worlds built from the ground up. Think Hancock (which was originally an R-rated script called Tonight, He Comes) or the recent Project Power. The reason we bring up that original version of Hancock is because it was all about CHARACTER – even though we’re dealing with superpowers and fantastical elements, we’d like to see fully-developed characters with rich inner lives. Chris Claremont’s classic run on X-Men is a great example of this too. The character’s story and dilemma are what matters; the super-powers should be a narrative engine to comment on the character’s inner turmoil.
Other comps include Brightburn, Chronicle, Fast Color, Glass, Super and Happy!
When submitting, please include your SCRIPT, a SYNOPSIS and most importantly, a thoroughly developed LOGLINE. We will narrow our selection from the synopsis and logline, so you’ll want to impress and grab us with those elements.
Union and non-union writers accepted. Scripts from anywhere in the world will be considered but must be in English language.
NOTE: An “ISA Verified Pro” means it is a respected industry professional/company with means to fund projects that suit their mandate. They wish to remain private and have entrusted the ISA to vet and find content to send to them.