We’ve not yet covered the upcoming Painkiller Jane movie adaptation, mainly because it’s not a comic book I’ve been reading so it’s not high on my interests – I know, that makes me a bad nerd and an even worse person – but let’s talk about it now, shall we?
According to Deadline, the movie has enlisted screenwriter Christine Boylan, known for her work on the (cancelled) DC-based TV series Constantine, where she worked as a co-executive producer. Aside from this show, Boyland has written for ABC‘s fantasy-adventure series Once Upon A Time and Castle, which starred WTNH fave Nathan Fillion as a crime-fiction writer who solves crimes. Oooh, meta!
The upcoming movie is based on the comic series of the same name created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada for Event Comics and will star Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty). Chastain is also set to star in the upcoming X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, so her comic book movie schedule is already looking quite jam-packed.
Chastain will play the titular Jane Vaski, a New York City street cop who, through the course of the movie, gets recruited by the FBI to secretly infiltrate a drug and human trafficking ring. Following a near-death experience, Jane gets unusual regenerative abilities that make her nigh-on indestructible a la Deadpool, Wolverine et al. With this new gift, Jane takes on the mantle of “Painkiller Jane” and seeks revenge on those who nearly killed her in the pursuit of justice.
Within the comics, Jane has appeared alongside the likes of Hellboy, The Punisher, and The Terminator. So she certainly knows how to handle herself and how to roll with the big boys…or devils…or killer robots sent back in time.
This isn’t the first live-action adaptation of the series, as it had previously been made into a TV-movie produced by Syfy back when they were known as the Sci-Fi Channel in 2005, which was followed by a TV series in 2007, which only ran for a single season.
The comic books have seen a resurgence of sorts for Jane as she most recently returned to print in 2014 through Marvel subsidiary publication house Icon for an imprint of Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides, written by Palmiotti and featuring artwork by Juan Santacruz, Noberto Fernandez and Steve Mannion.
Palmiotti is set to act as executive producer on the Painkiller Jane film alongside Bill Johnson, Ara Keshishian, and Jim Seibel. Lotus Entertainment‘s Lenny Beckerman and Solipsist Films‘ Stephen L’Heureux are producing it alongside Chastain through her Freckle Films banner – meaning it’s all been kept relatively in-house for Chastain and co. which will make it nice and easy for listing.
We don’t very often get properly independent comic books getting the big screen treatment, so hopefully, this will get the ball rolling on other titles that are often overshadowed by the likes of Marvel and DC.