Kim Jee-woon to Direct Ed Brubaker’s “Coward”

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South Koren director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw The Devil, The Good the Bad and the Weird) has found his new project. After directing the Schwarzenegger vehicle “The Last Stand” Jee-woon has decided to tackle “Coward.” Based on the first story from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillip’s excellent series “Criminal.”

This is story that should suit Kim’s sensibilities much better. Brubaker adapted the script for the film. The story was already a fast paced tale filled with deceit and double crosses. Which won the Eisner award for best new series in 2007. Over the past few years Brubaker has become a staple in the crime genre with “Fatale,” “Gotham Central,” and “Incognito.”

Variety brought the news to light today. Previously, David Slade was set to direct but this team proves a little more exciting.


“Coward” follows Leo Patterson a failed bankrobber turned brilliant pickpocket who always escapes trouble. The story is filled with crooked cops, shady deals, double crosses, and of course a femme fatale. The story is filled to the brim with memorable characters, and features fantastic action sequences. In the end Leo must confront his reputation as a coward in order to redeem himself.

The story is riveting, and really put Brubaker on the map. Crime is his genre, and most of his stories are ripe for adaptation. Most fans would probably agree that “Coward” isn’t his best, but it gives hope to later adaptations. In any event, Brubaker’s involvement in bringing it to screen and the visceral sense of Kim Jee-woon could make “Coward” a classic in the genre.

Now let’s cross our fingers for an adaptation of “Fatale.”