Brett Ratner, the man who brought you the Rush Hour trilogy and the masterpiece X-Men: The Last Stand is at it again. According to Variety, Ratner has signed on to direct the graphic novel adaptation of Youngblood. The production company Reliance Big Entertainment have acquired the rights to the novel, and have inked a development deal with Ratner and his Rat Entertainment shingle for future projects.

More on Ratner after the jump.

The company paid mid six figures for the rights to “Youngblood,” about a superhero team sanctioned and overseen by the U.S. government. “Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and ‘Youngblood’ is one of the few comicbooks left with tentpole potential,” Ratner told Daily Variety. “It was a real personal passion project for me, and a lot of people wanted (‘Youngblood’), but the amazing thing about the guys at Reliance is the speed with which they’re able to move.”

Well, you heard it from the horses mouth. This project is being fast tracked, and we all know how great films turn out when that happens. The quality of the film never seems to suffer, right?

Other thanYoungblood, Ratner has been linked to several high profile film projects such as Beverly Hills Cop 4, and the revamp of Conan the Barbarian.