Russo Brothers to Produce Adaptation of Deadly Class from Image Comics

Rick Remender and Wes Craig's Deadly Class from Image Comics has been optioned for a television pilot episode on SYFY with plans to make it an official SYFY series. Joe and Anthony Russo are attached as executive producers. The Russo brothers are best known for their work on the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Deadly Class tkeas place in the late 1980s counter culture following Marcus Lopez, a misfit teen who is enrolled in a high school that trains the next generation of assassins. Marcus tries to maintain his moral code as he survives the dealings of vicious social cliques, adolescent insecurities, and a deadly cirriculum. The formal description of the series is provided below:

It's 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can't focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin's top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he's failing is "Dismemberment 101," and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world's top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn't always metaphorical.

Along with the Russo brothers, Mike Larocca is attached as executive producer; Remender and Miles Feldsott have adapted the graphic novel script for television; Adam Targum will serve as showrunner; and Lee Toland Krieger is set to direct. At New York Comic Con 2017, SYFY Wire sat down with Deadly Class artist Wes Craig about the series and its adaptation from page to screen. You can check out the full interview below as well as a preview of Deadly Class, courtesy of Image Comics and CBR.com. 


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