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2000 AD => News => : Bolt-01 16 March, 2019, 01:10:21 PM

: Button Man coming to Netflix.
: Bolt-01 16 March, 2019, 01:10:21 PM
Button Man news!

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https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/1049641-brian-helgeland-to-direct-button-man-adaptation-for-netflix (https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/1049641-brian-helgeland-to-direct-button-man-adaptation-for-netflix)

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/netflix-button-man-director-brian-helgeland-1203163200/ (https://variety.com/2019/film/news/netflix-button-man-director-brian-helgeland-1203163200/)

https://www.newsarama.com/44316-2000-ad-s-button-man-in-development-as-netflix-movie-report.html (https://www.newsarama.com/44316-2000-ad-s-button-man-in-development-as-netflix-movie-report.html)

Fantastic!
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: Trooper McFad 16 March, 2019, 03:55:49 PM
Excellent news.
It would be good to see more of the “lesser” known characters/ stories picked up to open up the tooth world to a new audience and show what a varied catalogue there is to explore.
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: DrRocka 16 March, 2019, 05:29:44 PM
Brilliant!
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: Rogue Judge 17 March, 2019, 09:03:00 PM
Great news! I see that Button Man will be a Netflix Movie, but I think a series (in the vein of the Punisher etc.) would also work well. Hopefully there will be three movies, one for each book. Looking forward to this!
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: Buttonman 17 March, 2019, 10:09:51 PM
Splendid news. Rutger Hauer for Harry and Frank Bruno for Carl please.

Hope they don't tinker too much - books practically storyboard the film for them. That said I hope they don't go for a literal adaptation, that would be dull.

Hard to please loyal.
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: Rately 17 March, 2019, 10:36:27 PM
Fantastic. One of my favourite stories in all the years I’ve read 2000AD, and the final few panels of the first series will make a hell of a season ender / cliffhanger!

Really looking forward to seeing this come together.

Maybe Netflix have other 2000AD properties under consideration!
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: GordonR 17 March, 2019, 11:14:27 PM
Splendid news. Rutger Hauer for Harry and Frank Bruno for Carl please.

What was the last recent Rutger Hauer film you saw?  Dude’s in his mid-70s.
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: Pyroxian 18 March, 2019, 12:06:59 AM
Splendid news. Rutger Hauer for Harry and Frank Bruno for Carl please.

What was the last recent Rutger Hauer film you saw?  Dude’s in his mid-70s.

Hobo with a shotgun - he's still got it :) Captain Marvel shows that you can do the de-aging thing with CG :P
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: GordonR 18 March, 2019, 12:19:49 AM
You be sure and let us know when they cast a 75 year-old actor in the role, and use expensive - and probably dodgy - cgi to de-age him 30 years, instead of using an age-appropriate actor who still has a career and might actually bring an audience to the thing.
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: Richard 18 March, 2019, 12:34:29 AM
Hobo With a Shotgun is already 8 years old, and he was in his 60s. More importantly, the character he was playing in that film was supposed to be in his 60s, so Hauer was the right age. Harry Exton was in his 30s when we met him, so why would anyone cast a 75 year old?
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: Pete Wells 18 March, 2019, 01:02:23 AM
Sean Bean for Harry Ex!
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: JOE SOAP 18 March, 2019, 01:32:18 AM


I take it no one has a problem with our Buttonman's deeply sincere request for Frank Bruno as Carl.

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: JayzusB.Christ 18 March, 2019, 03:23:56 AM
Sean Bean for Harry Ex!

Even Sean Bean is a bit long in the tooth to be Harry by now.  I find myself agreeing with lots of the choices here, then realising they would have been the right person for the job 25 years ago. 

But Frank Bruno: well, what other choice is there?
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: Buttonman 18 March, 2019, 07:10:00 AM


I take it no one has a problem with our Buttonman's deeply sincere request for Frank Bruno as Carl.

Exactly - Know what I mean 'Arry?'
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: JayzusB.Christ 18 March, 2019, 08:43:41 AM
The penny drops...
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: IndigoPrime 18 March, 2019, 09:53:54 AM
Sean Bean for Harry Ex!
Although that would mean Harry would have to be killed in 'shock' fashion at some point.
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: Link Prime 18 March, 2019, 09:56:42 AM
I'm fan-casting Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba.
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 18 March, 2019, 09:57:59 AM
Will it be a British actor or an American one? Brian Helgeland might opt for a recognised American actor on which to base his vision of Harry Exton. I hope not, but we don't know what plans he has for his version of the character or whose even interested in playing it. I don't want to be too much of a killjoy, but you have to consider it with the cold eye of commerce. Would an American actor sell it better to a worldwide audience than a British or Irish one? Jack O Connell would be goods if a little young for my pick.
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: JayzusB.Christ 18 March, 2019, 01:21:38 PM
My money's on an American Harry, though I'd prefer a Brit one.  Obviously a younger Mel Gibson with his hair bleached would look the part, if he had the right accent and wasn't such an appalling shitehound.
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: JamesC 18 March, 2019, 02:26:34 PM
Jason Statham.
Who doesn't like a Jason Statham action thrilller?
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: JayzusB.Christ 18 March, 2019, 03:32:12 PM
Jason Statham.
Who doesn't like a Jason Statham action thrilller?

Works for me
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: Jim_Campbell 18 March, 2019, 04:14:08 PM
Works for me

Plus he can do that accent where no one can work out if he's supposed to be English or American.
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: dweezil2 18 March, 2019, 05:55:45 PM
Jason Statham.
Who doesn't like a Jason Statham action thrilller?

Me!

He makes a slab of ham look like Olivier!  :lol:
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: Dandontdare 18 March, 2019, 06:07:26 PM
It's the biopic I've been waiting for all my life ....

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: Buttonman 18 March, 2019, 06:46:06 PM
It's the biopic I've been waiting for all my life ....

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I heartily endorse this product or service.
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: Pete Wells 18 March, 2019, 06:51:57 PM
Surely that should say “Coming soon to Pornhub?” Phwooooor!
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: Tarantino 27 March, 2019, 11:32:55 AM
Does Rebellion have anything to do with this? It would be another great film they could make at their new studios. Or do they no longer own the rights to Button Man? I seem to remember that there has been a long running dispute over ownership of the rights to this character and that’s why this film wasn’t made a long time ago.
Tarantino
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: Jim_Campbell 27 March, 2019, 12:34:17 PM
I seem to remember that there has been a long running dispute over ownership of the rights to this character and that’s why this film wasn’t made a long time ago.

Where did you hear that? It's creator-owned by Wagner/Ranson — it's been optioned by various producers/studios for years and it's just completely ordinary Hollywood uselessness that explains the fact it hasn't got made before now. Wagner used to refer to the regularity with which the option would lapse and get renewed as his pension scheme.
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: JOE SOAP 27 March, 2019, 12:34:35 PM
Does Rebellion have anything to do with this? It would be another great film they could make at their new studios. Or do they no longer own the rights to Button Man? I seem to remember that there has been a long running dispute over ownership of the rights to this character and that’s why this film wasn’t made a long time ago.

AFAIK there was never a dispute over the rights to Button Man and the film-rights were sold by John and Arthur to Dreamworks over a decade ago. Rebellion did and maybe still do have book publication rights to Button Man but it has always been a creator owned comic so this current deal with Netflix would've gone through the creators John Wagner & Arthur Ranson and whomever currently owns the option for the film rights.

That doesn't mean they can't hire the use of Rebelion studios if it suits their purpose.
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: JOE SOAP 27 March, 2019, 12:47:45 PM


The current rights holders are Matt Reeves's production company 6th & Idaho who have a distribution deal with Netflix.

https://media.netflix.com/en/press-releases/netflix-and-matt-reeves-6th-idaho-enter-into-exclusive-multi-year-deal
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: Tarantino 27 March, 2019, 03:30:24 PM
Well that clears that up then  :)

Thanks guys, oh and I'm really looking forward to this, Button Man is my third favourite all time 2000AD strip, right after Nikolai Dante and Judge Dredd.

Tarantino
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 28 March, 2019, 09:51:41 AM
Well, Matt Reeves is a very talented man those Planets of the Apes films are excellent. He's Filming the next Batman movie, and we all know which 2000AD character Batman met, so you never know. But seriously its looking very good for Button Man. Let's hope other Producers, writers and Directors see something worth pursuing in the 2000AD Universe. Hey, 2000ADMU sounds fine to me. ;)
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: Rately 28 March, 2019, 10:45:27 AM
Well, Matt Reeves is a very talented man those Planets of the Apes films are excellent. He's Filming the next Batman movie, and we all know which 2000AD character Batman met, so you never know. But seriously its looking very good for Button Man. Let's hope other Producers, writers and Directors see something worth pursuing in the 2000AD Universe. Hey, 2000ADMU sounds fine to me. ;)

Happy to know that Reeves is involved in some capacity. The rebooted POTAs movies were excellent.

I'd love to see Nicolaj Coster-Waldau cast as Harry! Excellent in Shot Caller, and pretty much anything I've seen him in.
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: Bolt-01 28 March, 2019, 11:25:20 AM
Ooh- now that's a good call. I've seen him in a few other roles and he'd make a good Harry.
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: JayzusB.Christ 11 May, 2019, 12:30:29 PM
Great idea.   I've only seen him in GoT but as a somewhat posh, blond, handsome psychopath, he doesn't have far to jump from Jaime to Harry.