ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Though some films adapted from comic books tend to not respect the source matter -cough! Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four"! Cough! - director Sylvia Soska says she absolutely has admiration for the "Painkiller Jane" comic books which have made the upcoming "Painkiller Jane" film, to be helmed by Sylvia and her twin Jen Soska, possible.

"Yes. I don't know if I'm caught up on '22 Brides' and 'The Price of Freedom' because I haven't picked up my comics in a couple weeks, but I love reading them" says Sylvia Soska, "If you're new to the character and haven't read the series before, you should start with the beginning and work your way up to now."

Previous live-action incarnations of the character did bnot show the same respect for the source material.

"Painkiller Jane" was made into a made-for-television movie and broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in December 2005. The film starred Emmanuelle Vaugier as the titular heroine.

Vaugier had already earned geek cred when she portrayed Dr. Helen Bryce, the love interest of Lex Luthor, on the WB’s hit drama "Smallville" in 2002–2003.The film differed significantly from the comics, notably in regard to the character's origin, but led to a subsequent television series.

The Sci-Fi Channel Original Series based on the character starred Kristanna Loken as Jane Vasco. Vasco had even more star wattage than Vaugier, having made her mark as the "Terminatrix" in "Terminator 3".

By the time the series' pilot aired Friday, April 13, 2007, it had been promoted heavily and expectations were high . The name of the heroine in the show was more similar to the original comic name of Jane Vasko, as opposed to the Jane Browning character from the television film. The series received lukewarm reviews and good-but-not-great ratings. On August 15, 2007, it was announced the show would not return for a second season.The final episode aired on September 21, 2007.

However, the feature film coming in 2015 is a pure adaptation of the source material and Sylvia Soska says she couldn't be happier about that fact.

"The new ("Painkiller Jane" comic book) run from Jimmy is just fucking awesome", she says

"Painkiller Jane" is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.


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