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David Slade to direct adaptation of Ed Brubaker's Coward

10.25.2011by:
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Ed Brubaker is adapting his graphic novel "Coward" for David Slade (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE) to direct. 

The synopsis of the comic- "Coward" is the story of Leo, a professional pickpocket who is also a legendary heist-planner and thief. But there's a catch with Leo, he won't work any job that he doesn't call all the shots on, he won't allow guns, and the minute things turn south, he's looking for any exit that won't land him in prison. But when he's lured into a risky heist, all his rules go out the window, and he ends up on the run from the cops and the bad men who double-crossed him. Now Leo must come face-to-face with the violence he's kept bottled up inside for 20 years, and nothing will ever be the same for him again.

Written by Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, "Coward" was the first arc of the "Criminal" series which won the coveted Eisner award for best new series in 2007. Brubaker has actually won the prize of best writer at the Eisner Awards three of the last five years, for the "Criminal" series, "Captain American", "Daredevil" and others.

"If Ryan Gosling hadn't already been in DRIVE, he'd be perfect (for the role of Leo)," Brubaker told Variety. "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."

Slade is of course no stranger to adaptations of graphic novels, as he directed the adaptation of Steve Niles' 30 DAYS OF NIGHT. He's also attached to direct the (needless) reboot of the DAREDEVIL franchise.

For more on "Coward" check out the official site.

Source: Variety

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3:03PM on 10/26/2011
Shit yes. Great material to work with in the comic (Criminal is fantastic all the way through) and this guy did pretty damned well with 30 Days of Night. May not have been a blockbuster, but it was as faithful as it could be to the comic. Also, Daredevil absolutely deserves another go. Way too great of a character to be given one shitty film and forgotten about.
Shit yes. Great material to work with in the comic (Criminal is fantastic all the way through) and this guy did pretty damned well with 30 Days of Night. May not have been a blockbuster, but it was as faithful as it could be to the comic. Also, Daredevil absolutely deserves another go. Way too great of a character to be given one shitty film and forgotten about.
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8:57PM on 10/25/2011
just about anything heist related really interests me, hopefully this is good. gonna check out the comic
just about anything heist related really interests me, hopefully this is good. gonna check out the comic
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6:23PM on 10/25/2011
This is possibly the greatest movie news of the week. For anybody that has not read any of the 6 different Criminal series, they are a breath of fresh air. With Brubaker's attachment to the project and his love for the character, I can only seeing this being the next big thing. It has a world of crime and corruption that makes Sin City jealous.
This is possibly the greatest movie news of the week. For anybody that has not read any of the 6 different Criminal series, they are a breath of fresh air. With Brubaker's attachment to the project and his love for the character, I can only seeing this being the next big thing. It has a world of crime and corruption that makes Sin City jealous.
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6:12PM on 10/25/2011

"Needless reboot of the Daredevil franchise"

I think most would agree that not only does Daredevil need a reboot, but the character deserves one as well.
I think most would agree that not only does Daredevil need a reboot, but the character deserves one as well.
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5:49PM on 10/25/2011

Hmm

A guy who is afraid of what he might do and won't use guns, sounds a little like the Rock's character in the Rundown. The concept sounds pretty cool I guess.
A guy who is afraid of what he might do and won't use guns, sounds a little like the Rock's character in the Rundown. The concept sounds pretty cool I guess.
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