Russo Brothers Adapting 'Deadly Class' Comic as Syfy Pilot

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Syfy continues to lean hard into genre programming.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a pilot order to an adaptation of the graphic novel Deadly Class. The project, from Sony Pictures Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions, is based on the Image Comics title from co-creators Rick Remender and Wes Craig.

Deadly Class follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied high school for assassins. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties may prove fatal. Set against the backdrop of late 1980s counterculture, the drama is described as a unique coming-of-age journey.

Remender and Miles Feldsott adapted Deadly Class for the small screen. Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo (The Avengers, Captain America) and Mike Larocca (Spy) from Russo Brothers Productions and Adam Targum (Banshee) from Chipmunk Hill will executive produce alongside Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline). Targum will also serve as showrunner, while Kreiger will direct.

Deadly Class joins a pilot roster at Syfy that also includes the Tremors reboot as well as The Purge, which is based on the film franchise and is set to air on both USA and Syfy.

Syfy, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is doubling down on science-fiction fare. The cabler recently picked up George R.R. Martin novella Nightflyers to series, joining the upcoming Superman prequel Krypton and graphic novel take Happy

Syfy's scripted roster includes 12 Monkeys, Channel Zero, The Expanse, The Magicians, Killjoys, Z Nation, Wynonna Earp and Van Helsing. Blood Drive and Dark Matter were recently canceled.