Dreamworks get hold of Button Man (The Killing Game)
23rd Jan 06
As a long-time reader of Tharg's mighty UK comic 2000AD, it's with great interest that we hear that the film rights to one of the greatest ever stories ever published in the comic has just been purchased by DreamWorks.
Button Man was co-created by writer John Wagner and artist Arthur Ransom and focused on Harry Exton, a soldier of fortune who takes part in "The Game". However, it's not long before Harry realises "The Game" is organised by millionaire playboys who each hire deadly assassins to play hunt and kill games with each other. But when Harry tries to leave, he soon discovers that the only way out is death...
Eventually spanning over 3 series (a fourth series is apparently going to be published within 2000AD later this year), Button Man is a dark and gritty classic graphic novel that could turn out to be cinematic gold, especially if the likes of say, David Fincher can get a hold of it.
Unfortunately there is no cast, writer or director attached as yet, although the rights were held by A History of Violence exec producers Josh Braun and Roger Kaas, so the pedigree is already there. Let's hope DreamWorks turn in a film similar to Cronenberg's great comic book adaptation and don't dumb it down to a 12A bland actioner.
We'll keep you updated on this project as soon as we hear more news.
To buy the collected graphic novel of Button Man, visit Amazon.co.uk.
For more information on the comic strips appearance dates, visit 2000adonline.com.