After co-directing John Wick, then solo-directing John Wick: Chapter 2, Chad Stahelski has proved that he can handle neon-drenched action films enveloped in dark themes. So it’s no surprise that he will now be directing an adaptation of the comic book, Kill Or Be Killed, which is an equally dark tale of suicide, demons, and of course, murder.
The comic was created by Ed Brubaker, and follows a depressed college student who attempts suicide but survives due to interference from a demon, who then demands that he kill one person a month in order to stay alive. It’s kind of like the darkest, most twisted version of It’s A Wonderful Life you can imagine.
Stahelski will team with his John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk to the bring the adaptation to the big screen, with the script being written by Dan Casey, who has already adapted Incognito, another Brubaker comic, to the screen for Columbia Pictures.
It sounds an interesting project for Stahelski to adapt, and one would assume the film will retain the darkness and violence splattered within the pages of the book, making the film another in the quickly increasing line of R-Rated comic book adaptations.
Stahelski will remain rather busy though, as he’s currently in pre-production for John Wick: Chapter 3 and is also attached to direct the long gestating Highlander remake for Lionsgate. So don’t expect the Kill Or Be Killed adaptation for a while.