Warner Bros. Considering Legal Action Against ‘Line of Duty’ Showrunner Jed Mercurio Over Graphic Novel ‘Sleeper’

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Pictures is considering legal action against “Line of Duty” showrunner Jed Mercurio over his new graphic novel “Sleeper.”Warner Bros., via their subsidiary DC Comics, own the rights to another graphic novel called “Sleeper,” written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips.

It was released in 2003 and has been considered for screen adaptation numerous times, most recently with Ben Affleck attached to direct.A spokesperson for DC Comics, which is owned by Warner Bros., told Variety: “DC has no comment at this time.”“‘Sleeper’ was the first major project that Sean Phillips and I did, way back when we started our partnership at Wildstorm/DC Comics,” Brubaker, who created Marvel’s “The Winter Soldier,” revealed in his latest newsletter.

“It’s also a book that’s been under constant Hollywood interest or development.

Sam Raimi and Tom Cruise tried to make it at Sony, WB recently had

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