Brian Helgeland to adapt Button Man for Netflix
James R | On 15, Mar 2019
Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland is adapting the graphic novel Button Man for Netflix.
The book, by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson, tells the story of ex-military contractor Harry Exton. The first true hero of the post-truth age, Harry’s a proxy in a clandestine competition among the super rich. Paid to fight to the death in modern-day gladiatorial contests, Harry sets out on a relentless journey to use these twisted elites’ own dark machine to bring their corrupt world crashing down.
Now, Button Man is heading to the screen. Helgeland, whose CV includes Green Zone and LA Confidential (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay) will write and direct the project.
It is produced by 6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves, who has a first look deal with the streaming giant, and Adam Kassan. RingTheJing Entertainment’s Roger Kass, and Addictive Pictures’ John Schoenfelder and Russell Ackerman are also on board as producers. It is exec-produced by 6th & Idaho’s Rafi Crohn, and John Wagner and Arthur Ranson, alongside Will Janowitz.