David Goyer to Adapt Comic Book 100 BULLETS for Showtime

     June 20, 2011


After recently co-writing the scripts for the highly anticipated 2012 DC Comics films The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel, writer David S. Goyer is staying in the comic book realm with a new project on cable. Deadline reports Goyer is in the midst of taking the Vertigo comic 100 Bullets to Showtime in the form of a new drama series. Written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso, the comic is considered to be one of the best in the past decade with 100 issues published between 1999 and 2009. Described as a dark noir-style story, the comic focuses on the staple moral question, “What would you do if you were given the opportunity and the means to get away with murder, scot-free?” More after the jump.

In the comic, the mysterious Agent Graves offers his clients a gun, a briefcase with 100 untraceable bullets and immunity from prosecution, enabling them to get revenge against those who ruined their lives. The comic contains self-contained stories in each issue (perfect for episodes of television) but they soon begin to blend into one huge crime saga where everyone and everything seems to be connected as Graves finds himself up against a multinational clandestine organization called The Trust.

Honestly, this sounds like a fantastic comic book to be adapted into a TV series, and thank the maker it’s being developed at Showtime rather than broadcast network. If this turns into something a long the lines of DexterLost and pulpy crime drama thrown into one package, then count me in. Let’s just hope it turns out better than Goyer’s last TV endeavor Flash Forward which started with an interesting premise, but ultimately fizzled out.