Joe and Anthony Russo have turned their attention back to television with another series based around a school (let’s not forget their amazing work on ‘Community’), with the announcement that they will be executive producing an adaptation of the comic series ‘Deadly Class’ for Syfy for a new series pilot.
The comic’s story follows a young teen in the 80s who is recruited into a high school for assassins, and his adventures as he tries to navigate through the killer curriculum while trying to maintain his own code of ethics, a social life amongst the tough cliques, and preserve his own life. The original comic was produced by Image Comics and was co-created by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, both of whom are working on adapting the story for the small screen. Also onboard to executive produce are Mike Larocca (‘Spy’), Lee Toland Krieger (‘The Age of Adaline’) and Adam Targum (‘Banshee’) from Chipmunk Hill. The pilot looks like it will be directed by Targum and Krieger is set to act as showrunner on the series.
It is yet another ambitious new series for Syfy on this, their 25th anniversary as a network, as recent announcements have come out about other pilots being ordered for small screen adaptions of the films ‘Tremors’ and ‘The Purge,’ not to mention the current crop of shows premiering which include the Superman prequel story ‘Krypton‘ and graphic novel based ‘Happy,’ and the existing shows which include ’12 Monkeys,’ ‘Channel Zero,’ The Magicians,’ ‘Z Nation,’ ‘Van Helsing,’ Wynonna Earp,’ ‘Blood Drive’ and ‘Dark Matter,’ proving that the network has clearly come a long way from when they started off, with a bunch of cheap low-budget movies and reruns of science fiction shows from the big four networks.
What are your thoughts on the Russo Brothers bringing ‘Deadly Class’ to Syfy? Does it seem like a good fit for television, and for Syfy? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!