We’ve all known someone with a lot of talent who squandered it with self indulgence and self-loathing, but thankfully none of these people have super powers. What would happen if they did? Screen Media Films has acquired the rights to American Hero, director Nick Love’s “anti-superhero” dramedy starring Stephen Dorff that examines the psychological cost of bearing the burden of having super powers.

The film follows Melvin (Dorff), a superpowered man who has spent years suppressing his gifts with booze, drugs and women and generally living as a petty crook. Having failed at nearly everything in his life, including being a parent to his young son, Melvin vows to set his life straight after surviving a brush with death. Bringing his best friend Lucille (Eddie Griffin) on as his sidekick, Melvin attempts to fight crime and clean up the streets of New Orleans.

From Vertigo Films, it’s written and directed by Love, and produced by Love, Allan Niblo, and James Richardson. Jean-Michel Boublil serves as VFX Supervisor, with cinematography by Simon Dennis, editing by Richard Graham, and music by Lorne Balfe. The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, Screen Media director of worldwide acquisitions, and Vanessa Saal of Protagonist Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers. American Hero hits theaters and VOD on December 11.