Though previous attempts to bring Painkiller Jane to live-action glory have not quite hit the mark, with the character's co-creator Jimmy Palmiotti co-writing the script and the "Twisted Twins" - Jen and Sylvia Soska - bringing their madness to the upcoming project, hopes are high among fandom that the character will be done justice on the big screen.
According to Jen Soska, there are traits of the character and atmosphere inherent in her stories she feels HAVE to be brought to the big screen.
"Her strong attitude (has to come across)", says Jen Soska. "She has to be the kind of woman you'd not want to fuck with."
"I'd like to see some real brutality in her, too", Jen Soska continues. "She fights damn hard and gives as good as she gets."
"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, Jen Soska says her upcoming film will be the purest live-action version of the character to date.
"She's a hard woman to keep down and an even harder woman to kill", Jen Soska concludes. "It's also important for her to remain bisexual, too."
"Painkiller Jane" is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.