‘Bang!’: Idris Elba To Play Super Spy In Netflix Adaptation From ‘Bullet Train Director David Leitch

'Mind MGMT' Series Also In The Works

Chances are you’re never going to see Idris Elba as James Bond. I know, it sucks, but best to live in reality. That said, he can still make one Hell of a spy in a different movie with the potential to be a franchise. Enter Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the Dark Horse comic, Bang!

Deadline reports on a new deal inked between Netflix and Dark Horse Entertainment to adapt movies and TV together. The first out of the gate is Bang!, from Bullet Train and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch.

Based on the comic book by Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres, the film will star Elba as the world’s greatest superspy who is on a mission to stop a cult leader whose novels are brainwashing readers and could lead to the apocalypse.

Kindt and Zak Olkewicz will write the script, the latter reuniting with Leitch after their work on Bullet Train.

Also in the works is a series adaptation of Mind MGMT, from Emmy-nominated Stranger Things writer/producer Curtis Gwinn. Based on another popular series by Kindt, it follows Meru, a young true crime writer whose investigation into a mysterious airline flight leads her to the top-secret Mind Management program, unlocking a world of super spies, espionage, and psychic abilities. The agency’s greatest success, Henry Lyme, has gone rogue and Meru must find him.

Netflix is always in need of more content, and striking this deal with Dark Horse could be just what they need for the long haul.


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.