Variety reports that Ed Brubaker is adapting the first arc of his Criminal graphic novel, "Coward," for film and that David Slade will be on as director for Jamie Patricof's Hunting Lane Films.
"Coward," written by Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, was put out by Marvel's creator owned brand, Icon.
"Coward" is the story of Leo, a man who can plan and execute almost any heist, but only if he can convinced the plan is safe enough. But sometimes the reward is worth the risk, and when a woman from Leo’s past comes to him with a sure-fire score to nab a few million worth of diamonds from Police Evidence, all his rules and cautions go right out the window. But in the world Leo lives in, as he may soon learn, those rules may be the only thing keeping him alive.
"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," Brubaker said.
"'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."
Brubaker also recently had "Incognito" optioned at Fox, and Slade will be helming the new Daredevil reboot.