Ed Brubaker Adapting ‘Coward’ for David Slade

The award-winning comic book writer is adapting his own award-winning comic book for the director of Twilight: Eclipse.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Calling writer Ed Brubaker "talented" would be a lot like calling Scarlett Johansson "hot." Well… duh. Thus far Brubaker's extensive and Eisner-award winning comic book work has been neglected on the big screen – although his run on Captain America was a big influence on this summer's blockbuster movie – but that's about to change. He's going to be adapting his own comic book into a screenplay for director David Slade, whose comic book film experience includes the pretty good 30 Days of Night and the hopefully awesome Daredevil sequel everyone's being suspiciously quiet about. 

That book is Coward, the first installment of his critically-acclaimed anthology series Criminal. The story stars Leo, a thief with a nasty reputation for cowardice. Of course, what other criminals consider "cowardly" Leo knows are just tried-and-true survival tactics in the dangerous criminal underworld. He's recruited to plan an armored car heist, but when the situation goes bad his double-crossing accomplices find out just how much of a coward he really is.

Variety reports that the film will be produced by Hunting Lane Films, the production company responsible for such understated – and Oscar-nominated – films as Half Nelson and Blue Valentine. Both of those films starred Ryan Gosling, who would be great in the title role but we can't help but wonder if he'll consider it too close to his recent starring turn in Drive to appear in this.

CraveOnline will be back with more Coward news after we beat up Biff for calling us chicken.