Warner Bros. Adapting The Losers Comics

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has tapped writer/director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Very Bad Things) to script and possibly direct an adaptation of the DC-Vertigo graphic novel series The Losers. Berg will also produce the film, along with Academy Award-wining scribe Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman Forever).

The Losers, a band of American soldiers on a quest to find out who betrayed them and left them for dead, first appeared in the 1970s in DC Comics’ WWII series G.I Combat and Our Fighting Forces. Comic scribe Andy Diggle and artists Jock and Ben Oliver recently resurrected and modernized the property for DC’s Vertigo line.

Co-producing for Berg’s Film 44 are Sarah Aubrey and John Cameron, along with Kerry Foster of Goldsman’s Weed Road. Warner Bros. execs Dan Lin and Matt Reilly are overseeing for the studio. Overseeing for DC Comics is Gregory Noveck.

Berg will tackle similar subject matter as he adapts the hugely successful video game Tom Clancey’s Splinter Cell for the big screen. Also on his directorial plate are Universal’s political thriller, The Kingdom, and Universal/Working Title’s Bran Mak Morn, based on the works of Conan the Barbarian author Robert E. Howard.