deadly class tv show

I always hesitate just a little bit when I open a new issue of writer Rick Remender and artist Wes Craig‘s Deadly Class. Not because I don’t want to read it (it’s one of the best comics on the stands at the moment), but because it so emotionally and viscerally harrowing that I have to steel myself. I mean it as a compliment when I say that this series leaves me drained and exhausted and glad that new chapters only arrive once a month.

And now, this ongoing story of ’80s high school angst set in a secret academy that trains young people how to be deadly assassins is being made into a television show.

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How things change in a year. The last time we got an update on The Last Days of American Crime, it was that Law Abiding Citizen director F. Gary Gray had signed on to direct Sam Worthington. Now it seems Gray and Worthington are both out, while commercial and music video director Anthony Mandler has entered talks to make his feature debut on the comic book adaptation. Meanwhile, on the other side of the camera, Noomi Rapace may or may not still be attached to star. More details after the jump.

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xxxaws

For the last five months or so, MTV’s Splash Page have been all over Rick Remender like spit on my stubble. First they ran a story that his comic strip Fear Agent was in development as a movie; then that a Last Days of American Crime movie was also on the cards; and now, finally, that his porn-stars vs. the walking dead series XXXombies has also been tapped for adaptation into a screenplay. I thought we might as well do them all at once, eh?

All three comics have eminently marketable concepts, though XXXombies does seem a touch too similar to Zombies, Zombies, Zombies and Zombie Strippers to have much obvious novelty as a film. Thankfully, novelty has absolutely no bearing on the actual value of a work of art. After the crease, I’ll give a basic summary of the premise for each of the three films and share a few quotes from Remender.

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