The original Button Man comics ran in 2000AD in four clear runs. Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of Drive, has been working for a while now on adapting the first of these, subtitled The Killing Game, into a feature.
According to Deadline, he has a new colleague and the Black List-placed screenwriter Matt Cook will be working up the next draft. His lauded script, By Way Of Helena, really was very good – and suitably claustrophobic, arguably even paranoid.
Button Man, in a nutshell, is the story of Harry Exton, a mercenary playing a killing game for the amusement of his rich, anonymous employers. Soon enough he decides that he’s had enough of both hunting and being hunted, and decides to stop playing along…
I always thought Clooney would be a good fit for Exton, but maybe he’s “done that” now in The American.
If you don’t know the strip, a good introduction would be Arthur Ranson‘s website. He’s posted some excerpts and chatted a little about his ambitions, technique and inspirations.