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‘Deadly Class’ Creator on the Importance of Adapting His Own Comic for TV: ‘The Initial Spark Can Often Get Lost’

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(This article may contain spoilers for the premiere episode of Syfy’s “Deadly Class,” which the network released online in December.)

Rick Remender is getting to do what very few comic book or novel writers get to experience: Adapting their own work for television.

Wednesday night, Syfy will debut “Deadly Class,” an adaptation of Remender and artist Wes Craig’s 2014 Image Comics graphic novel,  which follows a homeless teen who’s recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations.

Remender, who serves as co-showrunner on the Syfy series, noted the significance of being the one to shepherd the move from the page to the screen. “The initial voice and the initial spark can often get lost in adaptations,” he told TheWrap, going as far as to say that when he was shopping it around to studios, not being heavily involved was a deal-breaker.

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“I was OK with a showrunner coming in,” he continued, but added that as they were developing it they never found someone who could helm the series while maintaining his original voice from the comics. So he just did it himself. “I just kept doing the job and eventually just took the job over.” He was eventually joined by Miles Orion Feldsott and Mick Betancourt as his co-showrunners, as well as “Avengers: Endgame” directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who serve as executive producers.

Remender argued the biggest significance of being able to lead the creative vision for Syfy’s version is to ward off any changes, which are typical when moving a story from one medium to another, that would corrupt what made the story worth adapting in the first place.

“If we’re moving it forward and clearly making things better and there’s a logical reason to do it, then we’ll make a change,” he said. “If it’s lateral or backward, I’m here to protect the intention of the property. I’m here to protect what I liked about it and why I created it.” But he admitted that, with the help of the Russo brothers, he ended up making one key change in regard to Saya (Lana Condor) from his original version.

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We’ll let Remender explain:

“In the book, Saya killed the police officer who’s about to execute Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth). When we filmed that in the pilot, and we’re sitting in editing, and Joe and Anthony said, ‘I’m not sure if we like Saya after this,’” Remender explained. “Because I had lived with that story beat for so long I had never scrutinized it, but once I did, it was clear that it had to come out of the cut.” He further explained the decision as a result of the different mediums. In a comic, for example, you can draw something in a way that makes it appear less visceral, but on screen, seeing Saya coldly executive a police officer comes off too harsh for a character the audience is supposed to root for.

“It did make me feel like Saya was too brutal,” he admitted.

But there was one aspect of the comics that simply had to stay put: The late 1980s (1987 to be exact) setting. “The youth movements I grew up in have been marginalized or forgotten about,” Remender explained. “I wanted to do what ‘Mad Men’ did for the late ’50s and early ’60s — in terms of snapshotting the era and articulating what things were like then — I wanted to do that for Generation X.”

“Deadly Class” premieres Jan. 16 at 10/9c on Syfy.

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Merry Christmas: Watch Syfy’s ‘Deadly Class’ Pilot Here – 4 Weeks Early (Video)

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Merry early Christmas, comic-book lovers.

On Thursday, the premiere episode of the eagerly-anticipated new Syfy series “Deadly Class” dropped four weeks ahead of its January premiere date. The pilot episode is now available commercial-free across all Syfy platforms, along with YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and TheWrap has embedded it above, in case you don’t want to move a muscle before diving into the series.

An adaptation of the 2014 Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, “Deadly Class” follows a homeless teen recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Newcomer Benjamin Wadsworth stars in the series, alongside Condor, de Faría, Benedict Wong, Luke Tennie, Liam James and Michel Duval.

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The cast and creators of the 10-part series took to social media today to share the news that the small-screen adaptation of the comic is now streaming online before its official linear premiere on Wednesday, January 16 at 10/9c.

“I can’t believe the time has finally come????” Condor wrote on Instagram. “the whole cast and crew of @deadlyclasssyfy worked our butts off on this show for you loves! Check out the link in my bio for a special early release of the first episode now! xox and thank you always for the support #deadlyclass #saya #SYFY”

The premiere episode of “Deadly Class” will be available commercial-free via SYFY On Demand, online at SYFY.com, and the SYFY and USA apps, today through Jan. 16. The episode will be available on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter through January 1.

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“Deadly Class” hails from Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions and was adapted for television by Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott, who serve as executive producers alongside “Avengers: Infinity War” filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca (“Spy”) and Mick Betancourt (USA’s “The Purge”). Remender, Feldsott and Betancourt are co-showrunners.

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Syfy’s ‘Deadly Class’ Sets Mick Betancourt as New Co-Showrunner

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Syfy’s “Deadly Class” adaptation has undergone a showrunner change.

Mick Betancourt has joined the series and will serve as co-showrunner alongside writers Rick Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott. He steps in for Adam Targum, who executive produced the pilot.

An adaptation of the 2014 Image Comics graphic novel, “Deadly Class” follows a homeless teen recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Newcomer Benjamin Wadsworth stars in the series, alongside Benedict Wong, Lana Condor, María Gabriela de Faría, Luke Tennie, Liam James and Michel Duval.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo serve as executive producers on the series, along with Betancourt, Rememder, Feldsott and Mike Larocca. Lee Toland Krieger directed the pilot.

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