Netflix has announced yet another original film coming to the streaming service, this time in the form of a graphic novel adaptation. The novel is titled Polar: Came From the Cold, written and illustrated by Victor Santos. The comic is known for its noir and minimalist style, as there is very little dialogue and the art is done entirely in black, orange, and white.
The film, however, will be titled simply Polar. The story centers around the highly skilled assassin, Duncan Vizla. He is otherwise known as The Black Kaiser and featured in a previous comic by the same name. The two are not exactly a series, however, and can be read out of order without much trouble.
In Polar, Vizla is in retirement, just settling in when an assassination attempt throws him straight back into work. It turns out that his former employer decided Vizla was “a liability to the firm” and as such, must be removed. The task is not so easy, but the other side is armed with much younger and faster killers than Vizla. They will stop at nothing to ensure that Vizla is silenced once and for all.
The film will be directed by Jonas Åkerlund, known for his work on Lords of Chaos and a number of award-winning music videos, stage shows, documentaries, and feature films. In fact, he has earned Grammys for Paul McCartney’s Live Kisses, and Madonna: Ray of Light.
The script is written by Jayson Rothwell, who worked on Silent Night, a horror film where a rogue Santa Claus goes around murdering folk on Christmas Eve.
The film will star Mads Mikkelsen, known for his work in Hannibal and also happens to be executive producing Polar. Other stars include Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), and Matt Lucas (Doctor Who).
If nothing else, Polar will be worth seeing to watch Mikkelsen work, as he has a tendency to command whatever scene he is in with remarkable confidence and flair. But do you think he is a good fit for a role in Polar? How do you think a film adaptation of the comic should be done? Let us know in the comments below!