Nicolas Winding Refn's BUTTON MAN Adaptation Moving Forward With Screenwriter

Matt Cook has been hired by Dreamworks to work with Nicolas Winding Refn on an adaptation of the 2000 AD comic Button Man: The Killing Game. Continue on for details about the series. What's the over-under that Ryan Gosling stars?

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By Mark Julian - 2/28/2013





The comic book adaptation is moving forward with Dreamworks hiring screenwriter Matt Cook. Based on the series written by John Wagner (Judge Dredd) the comic book follows the story of a contract killer (or button man) who participates in a deathmatch against other contract killers in a bizarre tournament orchestrated by the wealthy. When lead protagonist Harry Exton decides he wants to quit he finds leaving the game isn't as easy as he had hoped. Refn burst onto the mainstream stage with 2011's Drive and is currently finishing Only God Forgives, two films that star actor Ryan Gosling. What's the likelihood that Refn and Gosling re-team for another bloody-thriller in Button Man: The Killing Game?


Button Man is a comic strip created for the British comic 2000 AD, written by John Wagner and illustrated by Arthur Ranson. A group of millionaires hire their own hit men against each other in a secret, deadly game. When gunman Harry Exton wants out, things get complicated.


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Source: Deadline
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Martay - 2/28/2013, 9:27 AM
This sounds awesome - i've never read the comic but by the sounds of it, it has promise.
ManOfKrypton - 2/28/2013, 9:49 AM
Please bring in Ryan Gosling for the lead... These two are dream team!!!
thenerdicon4 - 2/28/2013, 9:57 AM
While glancing over the articles on this site I thought this said "Butt Man" and I was like uhhhhhhhhh what? lol.
FalafelVsShawarma - 2/28/2013, 10:00 AM
So basically a Hunger Games,but with more blood and no chessy romance??...i'm in.
soberchimera - 2/28/2013, 10:12 AM
I read that he wants to do Wonder Woman, maybe Warner Bros. will give him a shot at it if this does well.
ScabbyJ - 2/28/2013, 10:23 AM
Refn is such a stylish director. Love his style!
mk - 2/28/2013, 10:34 AM
Ryan Gosling + Refn = awesome. and if he makes wonder woman then cast gosling for WW too.. lol jk but yeah this guy is great can't for his next movie Only God Forgives
Reasonnnn - 2/28/2013, 10:51 AM
I still wish to see his remake of Logan's Run. Refn is the [frick]ing man. Can't wait for Only God Forgives. Bronson and Drive are so damn good.
AC1 - 2/28/2013, 10:53 AM
Is he still remaking Logan's Run? Last I heard, Ryan Gosling had been attached to star but then dropped out.
AC1 - 2/28/2013, 10:54 AM
Sounds like an amazing story though, with wonderful potential if NWR is at the helm. Could be a fantastic movie.
TopCat89 - 2/28/2013, 10:55 AM
Brosnon and Drive were awesome, liked Valhalla Rising too...will definitely watch any future movies from this director....looking forward to Only God Forgives!
MarkJulian - 2/28/2013, 11:14 AM
He's still doing Logan's Run but many trades are speculating that he'll drop out after Ryan Gosling passed. He's also doing a Barbarella tv series so who knows if he'll still want to do Wonder Woman after that.
PapaII - 2/28/2013, 11:33 AM
Wow, sounds great! Reminds me the old Running Man movie.
AsianVersionOfET - 2/28/2013, 11:54 AM
This comic sounds sweet and Refn is one of my favorite directors at the moment. Daddy is pumped!
Greggmcg - 2/28/2013, 3:53 PM
I read Button Man in the Judge Dredd Megazine several years ago. I don't remember much of it other than being about a hitman and that the art was great. I may have to dig those out and give it another read.

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