Kyle Starks’ ‘Sexcastle’ Optioned By Fox, With ‘Workaholics’ Creators And Russo Brothers Attached To Direct
Good news for fans of stories about stabbing, nunchucks, Road House and puns: Sexcastle, the original graphic novel by Kyle Starks that is pretty heavily involved with all of those things, has been picked up by Fox to be made into a film. As revealed in an announcement at Deadline, it's set to be directed by Kyle Newacheck and produced by Mike Larocca and Anthony and Joe Russo. Blake Anderson is set to star as Shane Sexcastle, an assassin who retired from killing and moved to a small town, and --- as you might expect --- ended up having to kill a whole lot of people anyway.
You may know Anderson and Newacheck as the creators of Comedy Central's Workaholics, and the Russo Bros. as the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
Originally self-published with a Kickstarter campaign in 2014, Sexcastle was picked up by Image for a new printing last year. If you haven't read it, it's heavily influenced by Starks' love of '80s action movies and pro wrestling --- Sexcastle's name was inspired by "Sexton Hardcastle," an early ring name used by Adam Copeland, better known as Edge during his career in WWE --- and quickly became a critical favorite for the way that it walked that very thin line between parody, homage, and genuinely thrilling action-comedy.
It's worth noting that while movie options are no guarantee that film will actually happen, the fact that there was an announcement involving directors, producers, and at least one member of the cast means that it's pretty darn likely that we'll be seeing a Sexcastle movie within the next couple of years. Here's hoping that they use "No More Mr. Knife Guy" for the poster.