IDW to adapt Matthew Scudder series for upcoming graphic novel

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One of the crime genre's most perennial names is finally being adapted for a new medium.

Private detective Matthew Scudder, first envisioned by author Lawrence Block back in 1976, made his initial appearance in the novel The Sins of the Father before moving on to star in a total of 16 other novels and a short story anthology -- and now, he's going to be debuting in the world of the graphic novel.

Eight Million Ways to Die is the fifth novel in the ongoing Matthew Scudder series, and follows the story of the alcoholic ex-police officer-turned-private-detective as he works to track down a hitman in 1982 New York City. It's being adapted into a graphic novel of the same name and illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist John K. Snyder III, with letters by Frank Cvetkovic. 

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder discussed the work involved in adapting a popular crime noir book into a graphic novel:

"The story contains all the classic entertaining elements of pulp noir, and Matthew Scudder embodies the traditional aspects of a classic private detective. In wrestling with and overcoming his personal problems, he becomes a sort of down-to-earth hero in a way that readers can truly relate to. It's an honor to to adapt a work that has been so revered and to have the opportunity to bring Matthew Scudder to the comics page for the first time.”

This isn't the first time Scudder has been adapted to another medium. In 1986, Jeff Bridges played Scudder in the big screen version of 8 Million Ways to Die, while Liam Neeson took over the role in 2014 for the film A Walk Among the Tombstones.

You can watch the trailer for the upcoming Eight Million Ways to Die graphic novel below, which will be released in June 2018. Then let us know if you'll be on the case as well.