Another day, another comic book gets snatched up to be turned into a movie. So what else is new? Especially nowadays, when you don’t need a guy in ridiculously colored tights to do a comic book. You could do a buddy-cop action movie about undercover agents who team up to take on the mob. Which is the premise of former “Punisher” scribe Steven Grant’s “2 Guns” (artwork by Mat Santolouco) from Boom! Studios. The comic book originally ran as a 5-issue limited series, and Universal apparently thinks it could be the next “Tango and Cash” or maybe “Murtaugh and Riggs”, because they’ve snatched up movie rights to the comics.
THR has more on the deal:
Universal has loaded up “2 Guns,” picking up the rights to the graphic novel from Boom! Studios. Marc Platt will produce the crime thriller via his Marc Platt Prods. banner along with Boom! co-founders Andrew Cosby and Ross Richie. It’s the third time the parties are teaming up.
“Guns,” written by Steven Grant with art by Mat Santolouco, follows a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who are unwittingly investigating each other and who steal mob money for the good guys. They realize later that the mob actually got them to steal $50 million from the CIA.
The project is targeted to be a throwback to classic ’80s buddy cop movies in the vein of “Lethal Weapon” and “48 HRS.,” but with a modern spin.
Here’s the premise of “2 Guns” from Steven Grant himself via an interview with Playback:
The short version — two small time crooks decide to knock over a bank that launders mob money. What neither of them knows is that they’re both undercover cops, working for different agencies that aren’t in communication with each other. And the bank doesn’t launder money for the mob, it launders black budget money for the CIA. Our two heroes dig themselves into a huge hole — or is that a grave? — that they then have to try to dig themselves out of while they struggle to figure out what exactly they’ve gotten themselves into. While wondering whether they can trust each other. Needless to say, chaos ensues.
Sounds like my kind of buddy cop movie. Head over to Playback for the full interview, as well as a free look at the first eight pages of the comic book’s first issue.