Although his John Wick co-director, David Leitch, has taken on high profile projects such as Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 in the wake of the success of the Keanu Reeves-led actioner, Chad Stahelski has some interesting projects of his own in the pipeline. One is an adaptation of Image Comics’ Analog.
Lionsgate reportedly won the rights to the comic in a heated bidding war, and they’ve enlisted Stahelski and Ryan Condol, creator of the TV series Colony, to team up and adapt the sci-fi comic, which was original created by writer Gerry Duggan and artist David O’Sullivan.
Analog takes place in the near-future where the security of the internet has been rendered useless thanks to an event referred to as the Great Doxxing. People now instead turn to Ledger Men; agents who carry sensitive secrets the old-fashioned way – with a briefcase handcuffed to one arm, and a gun held in the other.
Condal will pen the script while Stahelski will direct the project. The duo first worked together on the planned Highlander remake that is still reportedly in the works, while Stahelski is currently shooting John Wick: Chapter 3.
Analog clearly has plenty of relevance to today, especially with the current conflict regarding net neutrality in the U.S. and the recent protections brought into place by the EU the further safeguard the privacy and personal data of its citizens.
Stahelski has proven to be adept at directing action, but much of the success of the Analog adaptation might rest on the shoulders – or rather, in the fingers – of screenwriter Condal, who will be tasked with penning a nuanced script tackling many pertinent online issues. Fortunately, he’s got some great source material to work from.