We're not talking Superman or Batman here, but cult or small run comic stories raised to celluloid status! The Boys was even dropped due to theme! Fincher ventures into 'Black Hole' Thursday, February 21 2008, 11:18 GMT By Simon Reynolds Carolyn Contino/BEI/Rex Features Zodiac director David Fincher will helm Black Hole for Paramount and MTV Films, reports Variety. The movie will be based on Charles Burns's 12-issue comic book series that follows a group of Seattle teenagers in the '70s who contract a sexually transmitted disease called "the Bug". Fincher's next film is the Brad Pitt drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He is also attached to direct graphic novel adaptations The Killer and Torso, and science-fiction film Rendezvous with Rama with Morgan Freeman. Fincher replaces Alexandre Aja in the Black Hole director's chair. DiCaprio to produce live-action 'Akira' Thursday, February 21 2008, 11:03 GMT By Beth Hilton, Entertainment Reporter Leonardo DiCaprio is to produce a live-action version of Japanese anime classic Akira. The Warner Bros movie will be based on Katsuhiro Ôtomohis' 1988 acclaimed animated version of his six-volume manga, which was set in a neon-lit post-apocalyptic 'New Tokyo' in 2019. The film centred around a motorbike gang member whose hidden powers are released by a government experiment known as Akira. Its advanced animation techniques made it a forerunner in the growing popularity of anime in the West in the early 1990s. The new version will be a two-part epic set in 'New Manhattan', a city rebuilt by Japanese money after 31 years. It will be helmed by first-time feature film director Ruairi Robinson from a script by Gary Whitta, with DiCaprio producing under the banner of his Appian Way company, says The Hollywood Reporter. The first instalment is scheduled for release next summer. 'The Boys' heading to the big screen Thursday, February 21 2008, 13:19 GMT By Simon Reynolds Comic book The Boys will be made into a feature film by Columbia Pictures. Created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the series charts the exploits of a squad of CIA agents who watch over superheroes that step out of line. The comic book was cancelled abruptly after six issues when DC Comics, the parent company of The Boys publisher Wildstorm, complained about the "anti-superhero" sentiment of the work. Neal H. Moritz, whose credits include I Am Legend and The Fast and the Furious, will produce the film. Speaking to Variety, the producer said: "Rather than begin with a romantic idea of superheroes out to save the world, The Boys imagines a world in which superheroes really exist, with all of the flaws that real people have." No director or cast are attached to the project, though Ennis intentionally based the character of Hugh Campbell on British actor Simon Pegg.