'Button Man' Eyes Director Nicolas Winding Refn

The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson.
Button Man Eyes Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Button Man Eyes Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is in talks with DreamWorks to direct upcoming graphic novel adaptation Button Man: The Killing Game.

The project is an adaptation of a graphic novel by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson and follows Harry Exton, a hit-man who takes part in a game organized by a group of millionaires. The game pits trained killers against each other in a fight to the death, while the rich bet on them. The main character decides to opt of of the competition and he finds that the only way out is to kill them all.

Roger Kass, Josh Braun and Michael De Luca are producing the film.

Arthur Ranson revealed the plans to adapt the graphic novel on his official site a week ago. Here is what he said about the project.

"I understand that DreamWorks have signed Nicolas Refn as director for a Button Man film. They are now looking for a new writer for the Button Man screenplay. Their option with John Wagner and I has been renewed for another twelve months."


This project is still in early development.


Sources: Deadline

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @bryanyentz -- Agreed. @thedude-abides -- It seems like quite of few movies have borrowed Battle Royale's premise and made it their own. Now we have rip-offs of rip-offs and Madonna isn't even present!

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. Smitty-werbenjagermanjensen

    the guy on that cover looks like jack black

    2 years agoby @Smitty-werbenjagermanjensenFlag

  3. Bryan Yentz

    While this preceded it, it's a shame that The Tournament already beat it to the cinematic punch with the EXACT same story, albeit bloody entertaining campy action. And while we're at it, I don't believe anyone should be comparing anything to Hunger Games as Hunger Games is a complete rip-off in and of itself.

    2 years agoby @bryanyentzFlag

  4. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 Agreed on both counts. Not to beat a dead horse, but it sounds an awful lot like the Hunger Games, with hit men instead of tributes.

    I should very much hope Refn decides not to take this on.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  5. ejk1

    Hmm...it seems like every director has to take on at least one graphic novel/comic book movie. I guess Refn may as well do the same, although I must say that, while admittedly I have not read this, the above premise sounds rather cliched. If there isn't more to the story, I think Refn should wait until he finds something more interesting.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag