It’s interesting to remember that Joe and Anthony Russo, the fraternal diptych behind the wildly entertaining Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, didn’t have a whole lot of experience when they scored the Winter Soldier gig. Sure, Welcome to Collinwood was a passable heist comedy and their work on Community and Arrested Development has been celebrated widely, but that kind of employment history would put them more in line to remake Fletch or Ghostbusters than take on arguably the mightiest of all modern franchises. And yet, they’ve shown impressive and occasionally dazzling production chops in both Captain America films, and are now bonafide hit-makers, even if the films themselves are lacking in overall personality.
And yet, the Russo brothers have shown impressive and occasionally very smart production chops in both Captain America films, and are now bonafide hit-makers, even if the films themselves are lacking in overall personality. So, it’s natural that the brothers are now signing up as producers on another comics property with an eye to returning to the television format. According to Deadline, the Russos will produce a TV adaptation of Image Comics’ Deadly Class, a 1980s-set whatsit centered on the violent happenings that occur at a high school, with the comics writer and co-creator Rick Remender on board as writer and fellow producer. The project exists under the Sony TV banner, and will start being shopped around to networks and streaming services in the coming months.
The show will be overseen by Banshee showrunner Adam Targum, who will be working from scripts by Remender and Miles Feld, with Targum and Russos colleague Mike Larroca set as executive producers. Considering the dark tone of the series, Deadly Class could make for an excellent addition to channels like FX, AMC, or even Cinemax, which has been steadily increasing their profile since the inception of Banshee and The Knick. I’m sure Remenden, Feld, and Targum are busy at work on the project but, for now, the Russos have bigger fish to fry, namely the proverbial the two-ton tuna that is Avengers: Infinity War.