File this under some of the best news of 2017! Kill or Be Killed, one of Image Comics’ biggest hits (and a personal favorite of the comics team here at Monkeys Fighting Robots) is being adapted to film by John Wick director Chad Stahelski. The news broke exclusively in The Hollywood Reporter yesterday.
Kill or Be Killed is written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Sean Phillips. The book tells the story of Dylan, a depressed and emotionally vulnerable young man who survives a suicide attempt. Dylan is then visited by a demon who reveals he spared Dylan’s life and will be allowed to live one more month for every person he kills. It’s seriously one of the best books out today, exploring ideas of mental illness, family trauma and the price of vigilantism in one relentless narrative. The comic is also extremely cinematic, using voice over and playing with transitions and time. Making a jump to film seems like a great idea for it. Stahelski showed a fantastic ability to portray noir sensibilities fused with intense action in John Wick, so he could do something truly amazing here. Check out the whole store on The Hollywood Reporter and come back and tell us what you think!