Russo Brothers To Adapt ‘Deadly Class’ For Pilot Order | TV News


Joe and Anthony Russo are seemingly trying to one-up another directorial duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, in a game of who can be involved in the most projects at once. While Lord and Miller have put their fingers in plenty of pies after their firing from the Han Solo movie, the Russo brothers are doing the same thing while remaining involved in their own huge blockbuster.


The brothers are currently in post-production for Avengers: Infinity War, as Avengers 4 begins filming. In addition, they’re also bringing back The Warriors, at the helm of Little Nightmares, and behind a project titled Dizzy Pursuit. You want more? They certainly do.


The brothers have now gotten involved in an adaptation of the graphic novel Deadly Class, which is headed to TV thanks to a pilot order from Syfy. Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Wesley Craig, coloured by Lee Loughridge, and lettered by Rus Wooton, it was originally released in 2014. Here’s the synopsis:


“It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is ‘Dismemberment 101,’ and his crush has a double-digit body count.


Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical”.


It’s easy to see the potential Syfy sees in the property. Some have described it as Harry Potter for assassins. Comic book adaptations continue to be hugely popular – and not just superhero ones – and Syfy has jumped at the chance to adapt a property that appeals to the highly sought after 18-34 demographic.


The Russo brothers will executive produce, with Miles Feldsott adapting the graphic novel and Lee Toland Krieger (The Age Of Adaline, The Vicious Kind) directing the pilot. As streaming giants and TV networks battle for supremacy, we’re seeing plenty of orders of interesting new shows and adaptations. The potential for another wave of peak TV is upon us.



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