Have some time to kill? A certain gun-toting female protagonist has that and a whole lot more on her plate. Pain-killer Jane is a cult-favorite comic book anti-heroine created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada who’s comic book series ran from 1996 to 2014. Jane Vasko was an undercover police officer once attempting to infiltrate a major mob, but after gaining the mob boss’s trust and being asked to deliver a message to a rival, while unknowingly having a bomb strapped to her, things take a strange and tragic turn. After the device on Jane goes off, it fails to kill the target, Adam, who then revives an injured Jane who gains superhuman abilities and regenerative powers. As is the case with most comic books, this was chosen to get a live-action feature film adaptation courtesy of the Soska sisters who promised a movie featuring the foul-mouthed death-dealing heroine.
Here’s the plot synopsis for the comic book:
Jane Vasko begins as an undercover police officer attempting to infiltrate the Fonti Mob. After gaining the trust of mob boss Joey Fonti, she is given the assignment of passing a message on to rival gang member Adam, not realizing that an explosive device has been planted on her. As she meets her target, the explosion causes significant injuries, but Adam is uninjured. Through mysterious means, he manages to revive Jane, giving her superhuman regenerative powers in the process. Leaving her life as a police officer behind, she becomes the vigilante Painkiller Jane.
The validity of this origin is unclear, as a completely different origin has been presented in the first Painkiller Jane miniseries, and the Dynamite Comics’ miniseries contain references to both versions of the characters’ origin.
While Pain-killer Jane might be one of the latest comic-book-to-film draftees, she has been featured in popular media a few times before. In 2005, there was a made-for-tv movie from the SyFy channel which starred Emmanuelle Vaugier as the title character. Then, In 2007, the comic was adapted yet again as a TV series which saw Kristanna Loken as Jane Vasko.The show was cancelled after one season. Most people have probably forgotten about the tv-movie and the short-lived tv series, so it makes perfect sense to revisit the material and do it justice on the big screen. The Soska sisters are an interesting director duo for this kind of project given their backgrounds in film and television. For one thing, they’re confessed gorebrarians, who love gory horror movies and horror movies in general (Never spend halloween with these two.) and continue to direct films that fall under that genre. Another thing to note is the level of violence in their work, as they bragged about how violent the forthcoming film adaptation would be if it ever saw the light of day. At this stage in the process, there have been no new updates from the Soska sisters or the creative team involved. Stay tuned for further updates.