Netflix Developing Wagner, Ranson's Button Man For Film

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Following its announcement of several other comic book-based adaptations, Netflix has announced its next adaptation of a comic property.

Variety reports that the streaming service will produce an adaptation of the British action series Button Man. The film will be directed by Brian Helgeland (42) and executive produced by the original comic creators John Wagner and Arthur Ranson. Among the producers of the film include Addictive Pictures’ John Schoenfelder and Russell Ackerman, and 6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves. Reeves is currently at work on another comic adaptation, The Batman.

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Originally serialized in the iconic weekly UK series 2000 ADButton Man focuses on an ex-military contractor named Harry Exton.

After working as a killer for a mysterious man playing a deadly game, he's forced to compete in death battles against other modern gladiators known as the Button Men. When Exton finally has enough of the constant violence, he goes on the run and tries to lead a normal life. But this makes him the ultimate target for the other Button Men, which forcing Exton back into action.

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While this would be Netflix's first production based on a 2000 AD property, it joins a growing slate of comic-based programming that includes The Umbrella Academy and several shows and films based on the works of writer Mark Millar.

There is currently no scheduled date for production. The next step of development for the project is to find a lead actor.

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