Variety reports that multiple Eisner Award-winning writer Ed Brubaker has just signed to adapt the first arc in his Criminal comic series, Coward, into a live action film. David Slade, director of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and upcoming Daredevil reboot, is attached to direct.

The trade describes the book as follows: “The first in a series of six interconnected stories, Coward centers on Leo, a master thief and heist planner who lives in a world of hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and lowlifes.”

Here is what Slade had to say about the project:

“‘Coward’ was just a great modern story,” Slade said. “It harkens back to an era of crime stories where there’s really a gritty reality to it, but there’s a kind of underworld haze of noir. It’s not like we have to reinvent the material, to figure it out, because it already works.”

The Criminal series is another, supposedly brilliant, non-superhero comic that I have yet to read (don’t judge me). So, I dunno how well it lends itself to being brought to the big screen. Ed Brubaker adaptating his own series however, ensures the spirit and style of the book will be captured. David Slade is a nice catch too. Yes, he gets pegged as the “Twilight Guy”, which he’ll never live down, but what people forget is that he did the amazingly uncomfortable and suspenseful Hard Candy. With these two involved, I think it’s fair to shout a “FUCK YES.”

Now… I gots to to read me some Criminal.

Here’s some more on the graphic novel (via amazon):

From Harvey Award-Winning Best Writer Ed Brubaker, and Scream Award-Winning Best Artist Sean Phillips comes the first collection of Criminal, one of the best reviewed comics of 2006. Coward is the story of Leo, a professional pickpocket who is also a legendary heist-planner and thief. But there’s a catch with Leo, he won’t work any job that he doesn’t call all the shots on, he won’t allow guns, and the minute things turn south, he’s looking for any exit that won’t land him in prison. But when he’s lured into a risky heist, all his rules go out the window, and he ends up on the run from the cops and the bad men who double-crossed him. Now Leo must come face-to-face with the violence he’s kept bottled up inside for 20 years, and nothing will ever be the same for him again.

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