I Saw the Devil director Kim Jee-woon is set to develop a big screen adaptation of the graphic novel crime series, Criminal, created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. The film will be called Coward and will focus on the same-titled first book of the series.
Brubaker wrote the screenplay for the film as well. The story takes place in a universe of "hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and other lowlifes. The story centers on a second-generation heist planner who can be relied on to have a bulletproof exit plan." It starts off when "pickpocket Leo - a man who always leaves himself a way out - finds himself in over his head when he's dragged into a dangerous heist, and winds up getting too close to a burnt-out former junkie. Torn between his instinct to run and his emotions, can he stay out of harm's way?"
Jee-woon has also directed films such as The Last Stand and The Good, The Bad, The Weird. The movie is being produced by Jamie Patricof (The Place Beyond The Pines), who had this to say,
"Kim Jee-Woon is exactly the type of filmmaker with which we are looking to collaborate. His previous work consists of elevated genre films, set in interesting worlds, with three-dimensional characters, which makes him a very strong and exciting partner for Coward."
Jee-woon is an incredibly talented director. I absolutely love his stuff, and i think this is a great project for him to tackle!