One of my tiny, movie-related pet peeves is when literature (be it novel, comic, or graphic novel) gets optioned before any of us get to read it. I long to be part of that secret society that knows (and has already read) everything cool that will be published for the next ten years.

The latest to join the club is Paul Pope's Battling Boy, which Variety reports has been picked up by Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle. (Plan B is fond of the geeky properties -- between this, World War Z, and Black Hole, when is Pitt going to break down and play a superhero? Or at least start attending comic book conventions?) The kicker is that we won't get to read Battling until Spring 2010(!), when it will be published by First Second Books.

You can get a glimpse of the book on First Second's official site (which reveals the book was to be published in 2007!), or here on Pope's blog. It's a book geared to the younger set, though it sounds like there's enough mayhem to keep adults interested. It follows a young boy who's the son of a god/superhero at his father's. At his father's request, the boy descends to the city of Monstropolis, where he takes on a plague of monsters. And they're not funny monsters -- in Pope's words, they're "horrible, Grimm's fairytale, Beowulf-ish monsters, awful things. Child-stealers. Plus some of the vampires and mummies and wolfmen we remember from the old black and white Hollywood horror films."

No writer or director has been attached to the movie adaptation yet -- could it be that we'll see the movie before the book? Either way, it sounds like the perfect story for any monster loving kids (big and small) you might know.