Matt Jennison and Brent Strickland adapt the villainous graphic novel. Universal (US) has acquired the movie rights to Viper Comics’ graphic novel “Villains” and hired Matt Jennison and Brent Strickland to write the adaptation. The graphic novel, by Adam Cogan and Ryan Cody, puts super bad guys center stage and is described as follows: Nick Corrigan is an aimless 20-something who discovers that his aging neighbor used to be the notorious supervillain known as “Hardliner”, now retired and living in hiding for the past few decades. Rather than turn him in to the authorities, Nick decides to blackmail him in exchange for lessons in the fine art of career super-crime. But the old pro is about to teach his student some lessons he’ll never forget. Idealogy’s Matt Smith is executive producing. Viper Comics’ Jessie Garza will co-produce.