John Wick’s Chad Stahelski to Adapt Brubaker and Phillips’s Kill or Be Killed for Big Screen

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips‘s Kill or Be Killed is heading to the big screen, and it’s got a big-name director to bring it there. According to a report from THR, John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski is set to team up with John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk to adapt the comic book, with Dan Casey writing the script. Casey wasn’t involved with John Wick as far as we know… OR WAS HE?! No, he wasn’t.

Kill or Be Killed was first published at Image Comics in 2016, marking a pretty quick turnaround time from comic book launch to movie deal. Not Mark Millar quick, but quick by regular standards, so congrats Brubaker and Phillips. The story follows a man who makes a deal with a demon after a suicide attempt, in which he must kill one person for every one month he lives. Here’s the solicitation for the comic’s first issue:

The bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS (THE FADE OUT, CRIMINAL, FATALE) launch their new monthly series: KILL OR BE KILLED, the twisted story of a young man who is forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly ruins his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones. Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done.

That’s about all we know for now, but it does mean it’s time to start fan-casting. Post your picks in the comments below!


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Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.

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