Nearly a decade after the short-lived Painkiller Jane TV series starring Kristanna Lokken debuted, a new feature film version is coming together. Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain has come aboard to star in and produce a new Painkiller Jane movie for Lotus Entertainment and Solipsist Films. It doesn’t seem that this project has a writer or director attached at this time, but that may change soon with Jessica Chasatain’s involvement.
Deadline reports that Jessica Chastain will produce through her Freckle Films company alongside Lotus Entertainment’s Lenny Beckerman (Lake of Fire) and Solipsist Films’ Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For). Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Ara Keshishian and Jimmy Palmiotti, who co-created the graphic novel with Joe Quesada, will executive produce. The original graphic novel was published by Paperfilms.
Back in 2014, the Twisted Twins, a.k.a. Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska, were attached to direct an adaptation of Painkiller Jane, which they claimed would be an R-rated take on the source material, but it never got off the ground. The comic book was first adapted into a 2005 TV movie starring Emmanuelle Vaugier as the title character, before the TV series starring Kristanna Lokken debuted in 2007. That series only lasted for one season on the Syfy Channel.
The original graphic novel followed Jane Vasko, a New York City street cop who gets recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a major NYC drug and human trafficking ring. After her cover is blown, she becomes tortured, which spawns super-human regenerative abilities which includes an incredibly high tolerance for pain, making her immortal. With nothing left to live for, Painkiller Jane sets out on a journey of revenge to wreak havoc on those who destroyed her life.
Painkiller Jane will mark Jessica Chastain’s first ever comic book/graphic novel adaptation. She most recently starred in the action-packed sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and she will next be seen in Miss Sloane, debuting in limited theaters November 25 before expanding nationwide December 9. She also stars in upcoming films such as Molly’s Game, The Zookeeper’s Wife and Woman Walks Ahead.