Brian Helgeland to direct Button Man adaptation for Netflix
Variety is reporting that Brian Helgeland (42, L.A. Confidential) will direct the Button Man adaptation for Netflix, based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson.
Button Man tells the story of ex-military contractor Harry Exton, considered the first true hero of the post-truth age. Exton’s is a proxy in a clandestine competition among the super-rich. Paid to fight to the death in modern-day gladiatorial contests, Exton sets out on a relentless journey to use these twisted elites’ own dark machine to bring their corrupt world crashing down.
Helgeland is an Oscar-winning writer who took home Best Screenplay for 1997’s L.A. Confidential and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2004 for Clint Eastwood’s award-winning adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River. The scribe’s directing credits include Payback, A Knight’s Tale, The Order, 42, and Legend. The writer and director is currently in pre-production on Finest Kind, a crime thriller starring Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Ansel Elgort.
Button Man casting will begin for the role of Exton. No production start date has yet been set. Matt Reeves and Adam Kassan will produce for 6th & Idaho. RingTheJing Entertainment’s Roger Kass and Addictive Pictures’ John Schoenfelder and Russell Ackerman will also produce. Executive producers include 6th & Idaho’s Rafi Crohn, John Wagner, and Arthur Ranson. Will Janowitz will co-produce.