Shad Gaspard Reveals Why He Turned Down Lionsgate's Offer To Adapt ASSASSIN & SON

Shad Gaspard Reveals Why He Turned Down Lionsgate's Offer To Adapt ASSASSIN & SON

The WWE wrestler turned comic book writer reveals why he and Marc Copani decided to turn down Lionsgate's offer to adapt a toned down version of Assassin & Son, while also talking more about the series and its video game and animated spin-offs.

Marc Copani and Shad Gaspard (known as Muhammad Hassan and Cryme Tyme respectively during their time in the WWE) recently revealed their graphic novel, Assassin and Son: Path of Vengeance. Set in present day New York, the story follows Donovan Braddock; a one-man killing unit who works with a team of assassins known as "The Horsemen." When he tries to leave his old life behind, his wife is murdered in front of him, sending him and his young son on an epic journey of revenge and consequence that becomes their "Path of Vengeance." Talking to EP Daily at the San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks ago, Gaspard has revealed why exactly they decided to turn down Lionsgate's offer to adapt the series, as well as offering an update on the cartoon and video game prequels. Check out the interview below and head on over to for more details.

"I'm working on my graphic novel, Assassin & Son: Path of Vengeance. It's the first instalment of our series. We have a franchise series based on a screenplay that we wrote; me and Marc Copani. It takes place in New York City and it tells the story of Donovan Braddock, a hired assassin who's part of a crew of assassin's called 'The Horsemen'. When they turn on him and kill his wife, he and his son Gordon go into hiding for ten years."

"When we first wrote the screenplay, we optioned it and we almost optioned it to Lionsgate, but then they wanted to change a lot of things. They wanted to make it one of those fluff PG-13, happy-go-lucky kind of things, and we were like, 'Hell no!' So, we decided to make the graphic novel first and the graphic novel is basically the screenplay."

"Then we decided to create the video game and that is everything that happens before the graphic novel, so it tells the back story of all the characters and how they led up to the beginning of the graphic novel and the movie. Then we also decided to create the cartoon, which tells the ten years in-between, so now we have a full story from the video game to graphic novel and movie to cartoon. We got a lot of stuff!"

"A lot of comments came in from people who were in the industry that two guys, who are professional wrestlers for one, shouldn't be writing a comic. I'm a comic book fan first, ok? I love comics, I love video games and that's my passion. My job is an entertainer. Don't judge me on my job."

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Filed Under "Comics" 8/8/2012 Source: EP Daily
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musashi - 8/8/2012, 3:17 AM
I love how comic book fans come from all walks of life. I bet no one called him a geek! Lol
technodrome518 - 8/8/2012, 3:21 AM
timmyjingoro - 8/8/2012, 4:17 AM
Damn, I never knew Shad got into writing comics. The comic itself sounds interesting and Shad seems passionate about it. I'll check it out.
XmutantX - 8/8/2012, 5:00 AM
is the comic out yet?
X79 - 8/8/2012, 5:53 AM
I like how the WWE wrestlers have branched out after retiring or leaving the sport. Most of them went to do movies of course some of those movies aren't so great. But it's good to 2 of them tackle a different field and not use the WWE has a platform to sell the product.

Sounds like a great story, will have to check this out
ABLEE337 - 8/8/2012, 5:54 AM
Sounds too much like Kill Bill to me.
ThaMessenger07 - 8/8/2012, 7:48 AM
Sounds awesome actually. I like the main character. It's almost like an action hero now a day can either be brawn or finesse and skill. Never both, this seems to have a lead who represents both. If they did a film I'd like to see it handled properly.
DrainBamage - 8/8/2012, 7:54 AM
Sort of sounds like a cross between Road to Perdition and The Camel Club.
Dedpool - 8/8/2012, 7:56 AM
Kinda sounds like Road to PErdition meets Lone Wolf and Cub!
musashi - 8/8/2012, 9:34 AM
Lone Wolf and Cub are badass!!!
jazzman - 8/8/2012, 12:18 PM
Shad Gaspard is known to be a major comic book fanboy. i hope this comic book work great for him
dirtygymsocks - 8/8/2012, 12:28 PM
Good for them. I assumed Lionsgate would go for a R rating over any other studio. They may have to invest their own money and just do it themselves and hope someone likes it and help distribute it.
supersalt - 8/8/2012, 3:34 PM
I actually was part of Blackline Comics at the time Shad had his book there... It is a very interesting read, overly violent and would not sit well with a pg13 rating.

WEJAlen20 - 8/8/2012, 5:03 PM
@earzmundo Nothing you just said made sense, as for Shad, I do remember CM Punk and Kofi tweeting good things about his book a few months ago, which would lead me to believe they are friends.

All in all this sounds Good and I cant wait to see the full thing.

All so Crime Time was great!
CVTom - 8/8/2012, 5:15 PM
I figured Shad would be all about that money, money... YEAH YEAH!!! THAT MONEY, MONEY... YEAH YEAH!!! THAT MONEY, MONEY... YEAH YEAH!!!
TruBeliever - 8/8/2012, 5:28 PM
This is a direct rip-off of Lone Wolf and Cub just Urban street style. However, what isn't based or inspired by something else these days. TMNT reboot and an ALF movie ... ALF are you farging kidding me, iceholes?!
ShadesAtKnightII - 8/9/2012, 12:13 PM
Shad wasn't known as Cryme Tyme. He part of the Tag Team called Cryme Tyme.... but yeah, cool comic. Sounds interesting.

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