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David S. Goyer To Adapt Vertigo’s 100 Bullets For Showtime

Only days after DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns let slip that 100 Bullets is “going to be a great TV show,” Deadline reports that David S. Goyer is attached to write and executive produce an adaptation of the Vertigo crime series for Showtime. Warner Bros. Television is producing.

Created by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, the award-winning comic began as a fascinating but brutal study of human nature, with the mysterious Agent Graves approaching ordinary people with an attache case containing a gun, 100 untraceable bullets and evidence of who had wronged them. But as 100 Bullets unfolded, it became a sprawling, even byzantine, crime saga involving a clandestine organization known as The Trust, a centuries-old conspiracy, and Graves’ scheme to bring the group down. The series, which ran for 100 issues, from August 1999 to April 2009, has earned multiple Eisner and Harvey awards.

There’s long been rumors of 100 Bullets being adapted as a television series — its length, complexity and serial nature would make a film virtually impossible — with fans and industry watchers searching for clues in comments made by Azzarello and others. Although HBO, the former home of The Sopranos, seemed like the natural fit, Showtime has already shown interest in comic-book properties with its upcoming adaptation of Chew.

Goyer is no stranger to comic books,either. The former JSA writer has penned numerous comic-book adaptations, from Blade and Batman Begins to The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel. He was also a producer of the short-lived TV shows Threshold and Blade: The Series.


  • Anonymous

    This is cool news, just as a question do Azzarello & Co own 100 Bullets or do DC own it?

  • Todd Matthy

    100 Bullets is perfect for HBO. Make each issue an episode and with the right cast it’ll work.

  • Scud

     I’d say making every episode at least two or three of the issues would be better.

  • Augie De Blieck Jr.

    I hope they ditch a large part of the mythology and stick to the high concept.  It’s an interesting morality play, but the larger story arc lost me.  This being TV, it won’t be an anthology, so I’m guessing they’ll stick closer to the comic and try to change it to include an attractive lead while keeping much of the backstory.  We’ll see.  

  • John Byrne Says…

    Great news. The only bad thing is I don’t get Showtime but I’ll be sure to find a way to see it.

  • Jacob

    God, AMC, you just had to go and show people that there could be quality adaptations of indie comics, didn’t you? I can’t believe you’d do something so selfish.

  • Jacob

    Vertigo is largely creator owned books (or was, when the book was being published), so they own it.

  • Rollo Tomasi

    Great news. I could never understand why DC was wasting time on Wonder Woman, putting out a bad Superman movie and ignoring the great non-superhero characters and series. There are comics and graphic novels that have nothing to do with superheroes. If it was adapted the average moviegoer wouldn’t even realize that it was an adaption of a comic or graphic novel.
    I remember reading the first story arc of 100 Bullets with Izzy and thinking, this would make a great movie. “Hang Up on the Hang Low” is going to look great on television if done right.
    Good job DC. Keep’em coming.

  • Stathamciaran

    That *does* depend on the issue. Something like the really sombre issue with the Joe DiMaggio stand-in and Graves can and should stretch to an hour, if that’s the length of an episode. I’m confident they’ll find a way to make the series work.

  • Stathamciaran

    But the high-concept is intrinsically linked TO the mythology. Granted, it should be perhaps simplified down a little, but the mythology is being built right from those first issues where Graves gives Dizzy the suitcase. If you’re just going to make 100 Bullets a ‘hit of the week’ show with Graves giving the ‘case to someone, it ISN’T 100 Bullets. It needs the Trust. It needs the mystery of Graves and the Minutemen, and it needs Croatoa. 

  • Faust

    This is great news! Love Goyer’s work – from comics to movies!

    That being said – I DO have high hopes for this show. Because it is based on such an amazing comic.

    I hope that Azzarello is involved in some way! Now bring on the casting! ;)

  • Faust

    This is great news! Love Goyer’s work – from comics to movies!

    That being said – I DO have high hopes for this show. Because it is based on such an amazing comic.

    I hope that Azzarello is involved in some way! Now bring on the casting! ;)

  • Tomfitz1

    I hope they get to do a good adaptation of issues # 11, 27, and 50.  Those stand-alone stories are my all-time fav.

  • mania

    I agree, but it DOES need to be simplified. That book got way up it’s own ass. I stopped buying it with #26, and found it unreadable after that.

  • Eryk Donovan

    Im so excited, and yet I can’t help but be a little leery. I really hope it turns out amazing.

  • jfiling

    I’m stunned that you quit right before one of the greatest single-issue comic book stories of all time. I mean, if you lost interest, I dig that, but you really missed out by not lasting for one more issue.