Peter Landesman (Concussion, Parkland, Felt) has come on board to adapt and direct Scout Comics best-selling comic series THE RECOUNT into a feature film for Don Handfield’s Motor Content (The Founder, Knightfall) and Jonathan Kadin’s KadinCreative (Cinderella). Nick Jones Jr. will co-write with Landesman.
The fictional political thriller penned by Jonathan Hedrick was published by Scout Comics in November of 2020 on the eve of the most contested election in modern history. Blending the political intrigue of House of Cards and the horror of The Purge, The Recount is a realistic action-thriller set in an unsettlingly recognizable American political climate.
When the US President is assassinated by one of his own security detail, a female Secret Service agent must protect the Vice President at all costs from a conspiracy group calling themselves ‘The Masses’. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, these two women with completely opposing political views and beliefs must work together to preserve what’s left of American democracy.
Landesman and Kadin worked together not too long ago on Sony’s CONCUSSION starring Will Smith, which Landesman wrote and directed and Kadin oversaw as the studio’s Executive Vice President. Prior to that, Landesman and Handfield worked together on political thriller KILL THE MESSENGER starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner for Focus Features which Landesman wrote and Handfield Executive Produced. Landesman went on to write and direct PARKLAND, about the aftermath of the assassination of JFK, the aforementioned CONCUSSION and FELT starring Liam Neeson.
“As storytellers, we’re struggling to capture not just this fraught political moment, but what it means, and will mean, for our immediate futures. When I read this graphic piece, it made me yearn for the days when character and integrity had value, and what would happen when you pack that into an imperative to survive, not just to live, but to lead. I want this movie to look like what many of us are feeling” said Peter Landesman.
Handfield added, “THE RECOUNT struck me because it really hammers home both the incredible divisiveness of our times, as well as the fragility of our democracy – all without taking a political ‘side’. On one level it’s an engaging political thriller, on another, a hellbent action ride, but ultimately, it’s a cautionary tale about two women with opposing political viewpoints coming together to save America. I can think of no better filmmaker to adapt this book than Peter Landesman, who has written & directed some of the best political thrillers of our time.”
“Given the current sociopolitical climate, this story couldn’t be more relevant. Sure it’s fiction, an exciting action thriller with a big idea, but it’s quite grounded and authentic. Peter Landesman is the perfect director to not only deliver on this suspenseful tale, but do so while appealing to everyone – no matter what side of the aisle they’re on,” said Kadin in a statement.
One of Scout Comics best-selling titles, THE RECOUNT was written by army veteran Jonathan Hedrick and received critical acclaim for both the jaw-dropping action and how it explored timely political themes in the vein of V for Vendetta or The Purge. The book was released in November of 2020, on the eve of the most contested election in modern history – and despite its fictional and apolitical stance — seemed oddly clairvoyant in its dark portrayal of a nation on the brink.
Handfield, Kadin, Landesman and Scout Comics will produce through their respective banners, with Motor Content’s Jordan Moore serving as an Executive Producer.
James Haick III, President of Scout Comics said, “We were so blown away by this comic when we read it. It has all the action of 24 or White House Down, with the true-to-life political horror of The Joker. We are excited about what Peter and Nick will do with this material.
Handfield is also a partner and board member of Scout Comics, and was instrumental in bringing the series to Scout for publication and got involved early in its development. Scout Comics is at San Diego Comic-Con booth 1518 and has a few limited edition first printing and variant covers of The Recount on sale.
THE RECOUNT features art by Gabriel Elias Ibarra Nunez (Graveland), Colors by Sunil Ghagre (Wunderwaffen) and Letters by Cristian Docolomansky (Zinnober).
KadinCreative is a film and television production company launched by former Sony Pictures’ Executive Vice President Jonathan Kadin, with the company’s first production of Cinderella at Sony and released on Amazon Prime in September 2021. Kadin has multiple projects in development at Sony including the action-adventure Skyward, based on Image Comics’ Eisner Award-nominated series. Prior to launching KadinCreative, Kadin oversaw more than thirty films including such hits as 21 Jump Street, Step Brothers, and Moneyball.
Motor is a content engine focused on Film, TV and Intellectual Property headed by Don
Handfield, producer of The Founder starring Michael Keaton and co-creator of History
Channel’s Knightfall. Motor has TV projects in development with Paramount + / Westbrook Entertainment, LionForge, and Armory Films. On the film side, the company is producing Switched On at Focus Features with Marc Platt based on the best-selling memoir by John Elder Robison, and a film adaptation of the US remake of the #1 grossing horror film in Vietnam Housemaid being adapted by Academy-Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) with Deon Taylor (Black & Blue, Intruder) attached to direct.
ABOUT SCOUT COMICS
SCOUT COMICS has a catalog of over 250+ original comic titles and is one of the fastest growing publishers in the industry. Scout has properties in development with top studios like Amazon and ABC, production companies like Starburns Industries (Rick & Morty) and FilmNation (Arrival, The Founder) and with the talent from blockbuster movies like Black Panther and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Scout is distributed by Diamond, Lunar and Universal in the direct market, and by Simon & Schuster in the bookstore market. The company recently launched a toy division called TRACKER, and COMIC TAGS, a new collectible card and groundbreaking way to collect digital comics.
ABOUT JONATHAN HEDRICK
Jonathan Hedrick is army veteran and comic book writer/creator born and raised in
Brevard County, Florida. His current work includes the zombie one-shots Freakshow Princess & Freakshow Knight (from Second Sight Publishing), a superhero story called Capable. His prescient and taut political thriller The Recount was one of Scout’s best-selling comics. In addition to being a writer, Jonathan is a licensed radiologic technologist. He resides in Melbourne, FL with his cat, Tessa.