Coward

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Kim Jee-woon, the South Korean director of genre fare who captured the world’s attention with  films like The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil, and then went on to make a fun and probably underappreciated English-language debut that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this year called The Last Stand, has his next crime story lined up, and not only is it a great one, it’s one that already has a cult audience of devoted fans. Variety is reporting that he’s been hired to direct an adaptation of the first story arc in comic book writer Ed Brubaker’s crime story compilation “Criminal,” which goes by the title Coward. Brubaker is one of the best and most respected writers in comic books today. Not only have ‘Coward’ and other stories that have appeared in his “Criminal” title won prestigious awards, but he’s also the same guy who wrote the storyline being adapted in the upcoming Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier. So, if you’re a movie producer, he’s basically the dude whose stories you want to be turning into movies at the moment. Here he’s not just getting a creator credit, but is also adapting his story for the screen himself.

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Why Watch? From the lush shots in the opening minutes of David Roddham‘s film, it would be easy to assume Coward was an attempt to look on the bright side of war.  It’s not. Neither is it the Saving Private Ryan kind of bleakness. Instead, it’s a patient film that follows two cousins on the front lines as they deal with the stark reality of shell-shock and a military structure (and storm of bullets) that has little sympathy for it. Anchored by staunch acting performances, rich cinematography and explosive moments that deeply engage, it’s as difficult to watch as it is rewarding. What will it cost? Only 28 minutes. Skip Work. Watch More Short Films.

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Hard Candy director David Slade has been said to be the guy Fox has hired to direct a reboot of its Daredevil franchise, but according to a recent report by Variety, rethinking the adventures of blind vigilante Matt Murdoch isn’t the only comics-to-film work that the director has on his plate. Apparently he has also been chosen to direct a film called Coward, which is the initial storyline that kicked off the first five issues of the comic book “Criminal”. The exciting part of this news, apart from the fact that Slade is working on something new outside of the Twilight franchise, is that “Criminal” was a smaller book done by Ed Brubaker, who is one of the best comic book writers of the last ten years. Apart from his smaller original works like the “Criminal” books, Brubaker has had legendary runs on books set in the Batman universe, “Captain America”, and even Slade’s other upcoming adaptation “Daredevil”. Coward tells the story of a pickpocket and master thief named Leo. It’s the typical professional with a set of rules who takes one risky job and has everything blow up in his face storyline, but it’s also really cool and seems like it would be easily adaptable to film. Brubaker himself has written the screenplay, which is why I’m so interested to see how this one turns out. I think that his writing and Slade’s directorial eye could prove to be a great match, and if this one works out then […]

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