Sony is looking to explore the psychology of superheroes.
Deadline reports the studio and producers Doug Belgrad and Adam Fields will adapt Rob Liefeld’s comic strip Shrink into a feature film. The studio previously optioned the concept, but was left abandoned sometime after the turn of the century.
The story centers on Dr. Jessica Powers, a psychologist with a special list of clients: superheroes. Powers is described as a “a strong, smart and intuitive doctor who smooths the psyches of supeheroes who lead big, complicated lives.” First picked up by Sony in 2000, the project got as far as a script by Bad Santa‘s Glenn Ficarra and John Requa before falling by the wayside. Fields read the script and suggested the studio option the strip for a second time. Liefeld will also serve as a producer on the film.
It is unclear how quickly Shrink will find itself in theaters. Considering Sony’s previous hot-and-cold treatment of the material, it could evaporate again. Deadline suggests it could be integrated into the studio’s emerging Spider-Verse or stand alone on its own.