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‘CRIMINAL’ Comic Book Adaption Gets Series Order on Prime Video

Multi-Eisner Award-Winning series, Criminal from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips ordered to series on Prime Video

Prime Video has given a series order to their upcoming live-action adaption of the multi-Eisner Award-winning Image Comics comic book series Criminal from the acclaimed creative duo, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Both Brubaker and Phillips are set as executive producers of the series, with Brubaker set as the pilot’s writer; Brubaker will also co-showrun the new series alongside acclaimed crime fiction author Jordan Harper, known for his works Hightown, Gotham, and The Mentalist.

Brubaker and Phillips are the most acclaimed team in the history of comics, having spent over 20 years creating such hits as Criminal, The Fade Out, Kill or Be Killed, Reckless, Pulp, and many others. Considered the grand masters of crime comics, their best-selling library of graphic novels has been translated around the world in over a dozen languages with Criminal as the best-selling, internationally published, graphic novel series. Separately, Brubaker has written key arcs for Marvel and DC Comics including Batman, Catwoman, The Immortal Iron Fist, and Captain America, including creator credits for Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier.

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“Criminal is a beloved graphic novel created by the most iconic team in the history of comics,” said Nick Pepper, head of U.S. SVOD wholly-owned development, Amazon MGM Studios. “I know our global Prime Video customers will immediately embrace this story, and I look forward to working with Ed, Jordan, and the team to bring it to the screen.”

Jordan Harper, who alongside his television work is the award-winning author of She Rides Shotgun (which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and is currently being adapted as a feature film with Taron Egerton attached to star) and Everybody Knows (named as a best Crime Novel of the Year by the New York Times for 2023).

“Sean and I have been building this world in our books for over a decade, and now to be able to bring it to life for Amazon is just incredible. And to have Amazon support the project the way they have, and show so much faith in my and Jordan’s vision for the show is even more incredible,” said Ed Brubaker.

Ed Brubaker and Jordan Harper will executive produce Criminal alongside Sean Phillips, Sarah Carbiener, and Phillip Barnett. Legendary Television will also serve as an executive producer. The series is produced by Amazon MGM Studios. Criminal will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide; no release date or window has been announced at the time of this announcement.

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