Ed Brubaker’s first Criminal story arc – “Coward” — is in the works as a feature film, Variety reports.
Brubaker is adapting the story himself, which he produced in print with frequent artistic collaborator Sean Phillips in issues #1-#5 of Criminal. David Slade is attached to direct, with a resume including Hard Candy, comic book adaptation 30 Days of Night and last year’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Earlier this year, Slade was announced as director of a new Daredevil film at Fox, though news has been slow on that front as of late.
The movie will be produced by Jamie Patricof’s Hunting Lane Films, which was behind the 2010 Academy Award-nominated romantic drama Blue Valentine. In the Variety piece, Brubaker names Blue Valentine star Ryan Gosling as a potential ideal choice to play Coward‘s main character Leo — had he not starred in this year’s critically acclaimed Drive, also a story in the crime noir genre.