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Showtime To Shoot 100 Bullets
David Goyer overseeing comic adaptation

21 June 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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Showtime To Shoot 100 Bullets

Green Lantern may not have helped DC Comics' cinema cause so very much, but there's serious hope for their more grown-up Vertigo imprint on the small screen. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso's noirish crime saga 100 Bullets is to be given the series treatment on the Showtime channel. David Goyer will write and executive-produce.

Running for an appropriate (and award-winning) hundred issues between 1999 and 2009, 100 Bullets involves the mysterious Agent Graves, who begins to arrive in people's lives with a briefcase containing a gun and 100 untraceable bullets, offering law-immune retribution for personal injustices. The series alternates between the individual stories of the people who are given the briefcases, and the bigger picture of Graves, his covert group The Minutemen, and their wider agenda.

It's perfect material for a series, with a huge cast of characters wandering in and out of the various interlocking narratives. And while it's more down-to-Earth than the fantastical narratives Goyer is usually associated with, it's not like he doesn't know comics. He overhauled Blade to great success (at least until the joke that is Blade: Trinity), co-wrote Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, and is involved with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. His TV CV includes Threshold and Flash Forward, and he's a sought-after (uncredited) Hollywood script-doctor. He probably wrote stuff we have no idea about.

No start dates or further information so far, so presumably 100 Bullets' first mission will be to survive the next pilot season. That may be The Minutemen's toughest ever mission... Watch this space.

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100 bullets is probably my favourite comic book series. Intrigued by the prospect of a tv show version. Await with bated breath... More

Posted by Deano1977 at 20:37 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Showtime To Shoot 100 Bullets TV Series
I've said for years that a HBO-style TV version of lets be made, so on the one "Yay!" for lets "Boo!" to David Goyer producing it... More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 17:44 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

Minutemen? Hhhmmm. More

Posted by LSJShez at 15:08 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

this is truly spectacular news. 100 Bullets is a sublime piece of crime fiction (along with James Ellroy's American Tabloid, it happens to be my favourite of all time)... with the right casting this could end up being one of the greatest tv shows ever. Couldn't be more excited More

Posted by bob_fetta at 11:02 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

Yeah, because Green Lantern was such an utter failure for DC, what with it being a comic character very few people had heard of and somehow placing at the very top of the US box office. You might have thought it wasn't very good, but most people who actually saw the film enjoyed it, even though it has some flaws. Right, soap box rant over, 100 Bullets is a great comic, it'll be interesting to see how they do it as a series, i would have thought the "revenge arcs" would make up a sin More

Posted by clarkkent at 10:54 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

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