Netflix sure seems to like non-Marvel comics.
Variety reports LA Confidential scribe and 42 director Brian Helgeland will adapt Button Man. The 2000AD comic strip by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson centers on Harry Exton, an ex-solider turned contract killer who works for a mysterious rich person referred to as “The Voice.” While employed by The Voice, Harry finds himself in a bloodsport; pitted against other hitmen, he must take one of their fingers to successfully complete a stage in the game and win big money for The Voice. Harry eventually gets out of the game, but soon discovers the Button Men are not done with him.
The film has been in the works for sometime with Nicolas Winding Refn interested in directing and DreamWorks producing. This apparently collapsed completely as neither the director nor the studio are involved in the Netflix version. Instead, it will be produced by 6th & Idaho with Matt Reeves and Adam Kassan listed as producers and Rafi Crohn as an executive producer. Additional involved parties include RingTheJing Entertainment’s Roger Kass and Addictive Pictures’ John Schoenfelder and Russell Ackerman. Wagner and Ranso are also listed as executive producers.
The films is not yet schedule for release as Helgeland turns his eye to casting.