Universal Pictures is aggressively pursuing the rights to War Heroes, a comic book by Kick-Ass' Mark Millar and Tony Harris. The project was just freed from Columbia Pictures, who acquired the rights in 2008 through producer Michael De Luca.

Michael De Luca is still set to produce this tale of ordinary soldiers given superpowers on the battlefield by the US military. Chris Morgan and Dana Brunetti will co-produce.

Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who are in the midst of writing Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios, will pen the War Heroes screenplay, which will revolve around this group of super soldiers going AWOL to form their own criminal enterprise. One man is left behind, and he sets out to take the War Heroes down.

Mark Millar and Tony Harris will serve as executive producers on the project. No set start date has been announced at this time.