School is about to be in session.
Deadline reports that Syfy has picked up Deadly Class for series. Based on the comic book by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, the series is set at an assassins’ academy filled with the children of mobsters and murderers. The early issues told the tale of Marcus Lopez, a kid from the streets with a lot of issues to address, but expanded to other students as the comic book continued. The television version will also focus on Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), who is described as an “awkward outcast full of social anxiety” but “morally centered” as he enters the school. His goal: maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques, and his own adolescent uncertainties.
The series will also feature Lana Condor, Maria Gabriela de Faria, Luke Tennie, Liam James, and Michel Duval as other students. Benedict Wong will also appear as the headmaster while Henry Rollins will reportedly recur. Remender co-wrote the pilot script with Miles Orion Feldsott and both will executive produce along side Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, and Spy‘s Mike Larocca.
Syfy first commissioned the pilot back in September, which was apparently filmed in January and rushed to the network for a decision. Picking up the series reflects the network’s continuing commitment to bringing more comic book properties to the screen. In December, the cable channel aired Happy! — based on the comic book by Grant Morrison and Darrick Robertson — and currently airs the Superman-derived Krypton.
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