The first arc of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ crime noir series ‘Criminal’ is set to be adapted to film by Brubaker himself for Hunting Lane Films. Variety reports that David Slade is set to direct. "'Coward' was just a great modern story," Slade said. "It harkens back to an era of crime stories where there's really a gritty reality to it, but there's a kind of underworld haze of noir. It's not like we have to reinvent the material, to figure it out, because it already works."