Auteur of the century Brett Ratner is attached to Harbinger,  a comic book series whose movie rights were recently bought by Paramount.  Another comic book series, you say, my, it must be mighty original…

Harbingers are humans with powers that can be unlocked by "omega" harbingers. Teenager Pete Stanchek finds himself on a collision course with an older "omega" who used his gifts to become an evil industrialist.

Awesome – sounds nothing like X-Men!

"The movie is in the vein of a young ‘Blade Runner,’ as this 17-year-old gifted kid helps other kids tap into these parts of their brains," [Co-producer Alexandra] Milchan said.

"It’s also very similar to Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Fight Club, and other things I’m told 18-35-year-old males enjoy," added Milchan.

Ratner, who directed "X-Men: The Last Stand," was looking for an opportunity to start a superhero franchise from scratch. [Variety]

Wait, isn’t based on a comic book?  Perhaps their definition of "from scratch" differs from mine.  As did their definition of "menagerie".  It was a game of Scrabble best described as contentious.

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