Los Angeles-based production and financing company Intrepid Pictures has acquired Jason M Burns' graphic novel The Expendable One and has hired Shane Kuhn and Brendan Cowles to co-write the screenplay.

The Expendable One is an action-comedy about an ordinary man who realises after accidentally drinking his friend's scientific experiment that his body has developed phenomenal healing powers.

He decides to use his new powers as a force for good, but quickly learns that fighting crime is not as easy as he thinks.

Intrepid partners Marc Evans and Trevor Macy will produce. The company was founded in 2005 and has a non-exclusive first-look deal with Rogue Pictures and Universal Pictures.

It aims to produce and co-finance three to five genre films a year with Rogue, Universal, and other distributors. Upcoming releases include Strangers starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, and the comedy Balls Of Fury, with Dan Fogler and Christopher Walken. Rogue will release on Jul 13 and Sept 14 respectively.

Intrepid is also producing with Crystal Sky Neil Marshall's The Descent follow-up Doomsday, which Focus Features International is selling in Cannes.

Kuhn and Cowles are currently co-writing Twitch, an action-adventure script set in the world of video gaming, for Sony Pictures and Neil Moritz's Original Film.