ANALOG: Chad Stahelski To Direct Image Comics Sci-Fi For Lionsgate

Comic book movie news remains this week as Chad Stahelski is up to direct Analog, the Image Comics sci-fi series that launched in April. He's teaming up with USA series Colony co-creator, Rampage writer and Amazon's Conan series scribe Ryan Condal to shepherd the film's development following a robust acution over the weekend that ultimately won over at Lionsgate, as THR's Borys Kit confirms.

Here's how Image describes the comic property:
Five years from now: the security of the internet has been totally destroyed. Secrets are no longer sent over the web, they're entrusted to armed couriers called "Ledger Men," like human punching-bag Jack McGinnis. He's got a gun in one hand and a briefcase handcuffed to the other. Danger lurks around every corner, and Jack has to watch his back—because he had a part in the cyber attack that changed the world. Get in on the ground floor of this new ongoing series and thrill as we slam Jack's fist into the faces of spies, mercs, fascists, and eventually less punchable adversaries like a very grumpy artificial intelligence. 
Condal is penning the script and will share a story credit with The New York Times bestselling author Gerry Duggan who writes the comic and shares other comic credits on Deadpool, Star Wars: Chewbacca, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Uncanny Avengers. Stahelski's 87eleven banner, the brand behind some of the biggest heavy hitters in blockbuster film history including his current star-packed threequel outing on the John Wick franchise, is producing.

This only adds to the crazy cool workload Stahelski is housing for himself with titles like the Highlander reboot, Studio 8's Sandman Slim and one other Image IP, Kill Or Be Killed. I can certainly imagine he's been tapped to direct other projects and not for nothing either given the far-from-nominal successes he earned on John Wick in 2014 with David Leitch co-directing, and its sequel for which Stahelski went solo.

It's a good time to be an action movie fan. There are mighty handfuls of filmmakers out there in the A and B markets who make great action films and only several between both who can truly translate the spectacle on screen. With Stahelski as one of the majors setting the example, that's something I can drink a toast to. 


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