Ed Brubaker, comibooker extraordinaire and general noir enthusiast, is set to adapt the first arc of Criminal, the series he created with Sean Phillips, for Hunting Lane Films, according to Variety. David Slade is attached as the film’s director.
The first arc of Criminal is called “Coward.” It centers around Leo, a thief who agrees to be part of an armored car heist but is doublecrossed and suddenly the target of crooked cops and drug lords. (Shut up, it’s nothing like Drive. Seriously.)
“‘Coward’ was just a great modern story,” Slade told Variety. “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.”
Criminal debuted in 2008 as part of Marvel’s Icon imprint. It’s a modern noir series of interconnected volumes with each one focusing on a specific character.
Brubaker has commented on potential casting for the Leo in Variety saying, “If Ryan Gosling hadn’t already been in ‘Drive,’ he’d be perfect. 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.”
Jamie Patricof will produce for Hunting Lane Films, the same studio behind 2006’s “Half Nelson” and 2010’s “Blue Valentine” which both starred Ryan Gosling.
For everyone worried that Brubaker’s head is now filled with the silicone haze of Hollywood fame now that people like movies like Drive, shut up.
From the man’s Twitter:
No, I’m not quitting comics, and no, Coward is not exactly like Drive. Read the book, not a paraphrased synopsis, please.
Listen to the man! And that includes our paraphrased synopsis.