‘Eclipse’ Director David Slade Boards Ed Brubaker’s ‘Coward’

Ed Brubaker has a new writing task on his hands: adapting “Coward,” the first part of his “Criminal” series, for the big screen. Hunting Lane Films, which has made “Sugar” and “Half Nelson,” has acquired rights to the work and has already set up “Eclipse” director David Slade to direct the movie.

Brubaker spoke to Variety about the situation, describing the Marvel-published story of “Coward” this way: “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.”

Director Slade also chimed in. “’Coward’ was just a great modern story,” he said. “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.”

If all goes well, a sequel might be made, and Hunting Lane already has first dibs to look at it. Brubaker is currently working on the sequel.

This won’t be the first time Brubaker’s comic writing has made it to the big screen. “Captain America: The First Avenger,” for instance, owes a lot to Brubaker’s work on the comic. He also has adaptations of his “Sleeper” and “Incognito” books in the works.

Have you read the “Criminal” series, and, if so, what do you think of a movie being made about it? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter!

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