Director David Slade to Adapt Coward, Ed Brubaker's Noir Graphic Novel
10.26.11 by Ryan
Director David Slade stuck to the world of vampires for his previous two movies — 2007's 30 Days of Night and 2010' The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. For his next two movies, though, Slade is taking on comic books and graphic novels.
Already attached to direct the reboot of Daredevil, Slade will also direct Coward, the Eisner Award–winning first volume of comic book writer and screenwriter Ed Brubaker's Criminal series, published by Marvel Comics' Icon imprint in 2007. Coward centers around master heist planner Leo, who goes against his own rules when a woman from his past arrives with information on a sure-fire score. Brubaker is scripting the adaptation, as confirmed by Slade on his personal Twitter account.
Hello and yes Coward from the CRIMINAL series, after some initial planning Ed is getting started on the script. Very excited about this.
Slade spoke more about the project to Variety.
Coward was just a great modern story. It harkens back to an era of crime stories where there's really a gritty reality to it, but there's a kind of underworld haze of noir. It's not like we have to reinvent the material, to figure it out, because it already works.
Casting decisions have not been made, though Brubaker did have one actor in mind. "If Ryan Gosling hadn't already been in Drive, he'd be perfect (for the role of Leo)," Brubaker told the outlet. "It's a good role for any actor; about a guy who's afraid to do things because of what's inside of him. It's a heist story, partly — it's a lot of different crime stories wrapped in one, but heist stories are always exciting if they're pulled off correctly."
Producer Jamie Patricof (Blue Valentine) and his Hunting Lane Films already have a rights option for the sequel, which is currently in the works. "We are thrilled to be working with Ed Brubaker on Coward," said Patricof. "This is such an iconic comic. With David Slade now attached, we have a clear vision for what the film will be."
No release date has been announced for Coward, which is clearly in the beginning stages of development.