Lee Daniels has signed on to direct a film adaptation of Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri's Stealth for Universal Pictures. Daniels will produce the film alongside Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment company. Veteran comic book movie screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) are writing the adaptation.
"For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far," reads Skybound's description of Stealth. "Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s - his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs… with enemies all too eager to force his retirement."
The film would be based on the 2014 one-shot Pilot Season: Stealth, which was part of a line of titles created by Kirkman and Silvestri for Top Cow's "Pilot Season" inititiave. Skybound has plans to reboot Stealth as a new series this March with writer Mike Costa and artists Nate Bellegarde and Tamra Bonvillain.
"It's got a bit of superheroey-ness to it, but at its heart it's a situation about a man learning to live with his dad who has Alzheimer's," Kirkman told Newsarama in 2014. "Since his father has this affliction, he may think he's attacking a bad guy when he's really just beating up a soccer mom. He's got to protect his father just as his father protected him and the world."
No release date for Universal's Stealth was given.