The Kitchen Comic Book Optioned

June 18, 2016

Vertigo, the darker side of DC that has brought us comics and graphic novels like Preacher, iZombie and The Sandman (which either have turned or are being made into into must-see TV and movies), is having another one of its titles adapted for the screen. New Line Cinema, which owns the rights to Vertigo properties, will be adapting Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle’s seedy crime comic The Kitchen. 

“Crime was rife and places like Hell’s Kitchen had a lawless feel to them,” Masters said in 2014. Gangsters were a part of everyday life and it could be a dangerous place to be, but there was also this sense that society was changing…it has a real mysterious, exciting feel to it.”

He was rumored to have pitched the idea to Vertigo editor Will Dennis as “It’s Goodfellas meets Mob Wives.”

The Kitchen is gritty portrayal of New York City in the late ’70s, a city on the razor’s edge of bankruptcy that seethes with sex, drugs and gang violence. The Hell’s Kitchen district is terrorized by Irish mobsters carrying out hits for the Mafia. When kingpin Jimmy Brennan and his henchmen are arrested and locked away in prison, their wives step up to run their rackets. Kath, Raven and Angie become hooked on the fast life and fast cash—and nothing, not even their husbands eventually being released from behind bars, is going to get in the way of them having what they want.

It is refreshing to see female leads in mob drama, since the genre is usually male territory. The message of autonomy from an era when women had to fight for equal pay and control of their own is bodies just as relevant today as it was in the bell-bottom era. We’re also kind of hoping the movie version will have that same sepia cast that gives all those grindhouse revival flicks a gritty vintage feel.

Executive producing for New Line will be Sam Brown and Michael Disco (How To Be Single, Hot Pursuit), whose most recent collab was on this summer’s Central Intelligence. Adapting the comic to a script will be Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton).

The release date is still on lockdown, and no whispers on any rumored cast members, but in the meantime The Kitchen makes for a gripping read

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