Renowned comic book writer Ed Brubaker – who’s most well-known for creating The Winter Soldier – is having another one of his characters adapted for the big screen. One of his series for Image Comics, Kill or Be Killed, which features artwork by Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser, is getting the Hollywood treatment from John Wick director Chad Stahelski, who’s directed both films in the wildly popular action franchise starring Keanu Reeves, and was even a second unit director on Captain America: Civil War.
Kind of like a reverse Death Note, Kill or Be Killed is the story of a college student who, after surviving a suicide attempt, is visited by a demon who tells him he’ll be spared, under the condition that he kills one person per month for the rest of his life. The adaptation’s screenplay will be written by Dan Casey, who actually penned another Brubaker/Phillips adaptation, a limited series called Incognito for Icon Comics, the Marvel imprint.
As for Kill or Be Killed, no release date has been announced, but I could easily see this being one of the year’s best films when it’s released. We’re getting a lot of more offbeat comic book adaptations now that the genre has really blown up, and Kill or Be Killed is one of a handful of comic adaptations not to be based on a superhero story. You have the classics like American Splendor, The Crow (which Chad Stahelski did stunt work for), and others with similar story elements, but I think a good adaptation of Kill or Be Killed could usher in an era of action-oriented, non-superhero comic book adaptations that we kind of really need right now.
There’s no word on a release date for Kill or Be Killed, but we’ll keep you posted right here on GEEK!
Images: Image Comics