Kill or be Killed Optioned, John Wick Director to Direct

Kill or be Killed has been picked up for a movie. John Wick director Chad Stahelski is partnering with John Wick producer, Basil Iwanyk, to make the film.

Kill or Be Killed first appeared in Image Plus #2 before moving in to its own series with Kill or be Killed #1. (I have been touting Image Plus for a long time because of the amount of books that premiere in it.)

From Hollywood Reporter:

Director Chad Stahelski is teaming up with his John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk to bring to the big screen Kill or be Killed, a comic book from Winter Soldier creator Ed Brubaker.

Dan Casey, who previously adapted the Brubaker comic Incognito, now set up at Columbia, is attached to write the script.

Iwanyk will produce with Erica Lee of the duo’s Thunder Road, the company behind awards contender Wind River as well as the Wick action movies. Jeff Waxman (mother!) is also producing. Brubaker will act as executive producer.

The project tells of a depressed college student who attempts suicide. He survives due to unlikely events but is soon visited by a demon who explains that he was the one who spared the student’s life. But there’s a price to be paid: Going forward, the young man will be allowed to live one month for every person he kills.

Sean Phillips draws the comic, which is currently being published by Image Comics.

Brubaker is the prolific comics author perhaps best known for his work that revitalized Captain America in the 21st century and also reintroduced the character of Bucky Barnes as assassin Winter Soldier, who was then featured in Marvel’s Captain America movies.

Brubaker often focuses on the crime and thriller genres and in recent years has garnered acclaim for his comics such as The Fade Out, a Hollywood noir, and Fatale, a supernatural noir. He is repped by UTA and Katz Golden.


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12 Responses to Kill or be Killed Optioned, John Wick Director to Direct

  1. SFader says:

    I have been a fan of this series since it came out, I think it will make a great movie!

  2. jeff martin says:

    I thought the preview was in walking dead 156 before image plus 2. What was first?

  3. A. King says:

    I’ve got the first few issues.

  4. Stew W says:

    I think it was bound to happen…Great premise, great people behind the book

  5. Killerwit says:

    This book crushes.

  6. Junior says:

    I think those image + are overrated the book to have is #1

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