According to Daily Variety, Universal Pictures has picked up movie rights to Dan Bereton’s and James Hudnall’s comic book property, The Psycho, published by DC Comics. Screenwriting duties have been trusted to Chris Morgan (Cellular), who wrote the studio’s upcoming trilogy maker, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.
The Psycho comic books take place in a alternate timeline and follow the exploits of an undercover intelligence agent who gains superhuman powers when he takes an experimental serum created by the U.S. government during WWII. The transformation is necessary as he works to expose a political conspiracy and combat others who have used the dangerous and unpredictable substance. David Engel is producing for Circle of Confusion, which has a number of projects in development at Universal. Overseeing the pic for Universal is production VP Jeff Kirschenbaum.