Frank Miller's The Spirit

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again.
My city screams. She is my lover. And I am her spirit.

Comic book icon Frank Miller has seen a great deal of press lately, what with the adaptation of his Sin City breaking cinematic ground last year and 300 looking to do the same in 2006. But the fan favorite illustrator/scribe is looking to dive headfirst into the Hollywood system, making the transition from "adapted" to "adaptor" helming the live-action version of Will Eisner's The Spirit.

IGN caught up with Miller at a special Los Angeles sneak peak of the 300 where he updated us on the status of his solo directorial debut.

"We're working on the script right now," says Miller of The Spirit. "We've got a good strong story to work with, and we're hoping to be in production either spring or fall [2006]."

While it's no secret that the project will be utilizing the same digital background technology used on Sin City and 300, rumor has it that Miller plans on using actual illustrated panels taken directly from the Eisner comics.

"No, we'll be more subtle than that," debunks Miller, "but not much. It'll be very faithful to the books."

Miller goes on to reveal that he does have a certain actor in mind for the role of the titular hero, but stops short of naming the individual for fear of destroying any chance he may actually have of attaching him.

Admitting that he's making the shift from comics to film because "the movie stuff has been coming so fast and furious that I need to strike while the iron's hot," he confirms that he will be reprising his role as co-director for the upcoming Sin City 2.

"Either that or The Spirit will be the next thing I shoot," explains Miller. "Either me and Robert [Rodriguez] on Sin City 2 or me on The Spirit. It all depends on where the pieces are on both projects. Sin City 2 is scripted, so it's mainly a matter of Robert's schedule and all the other production stuff."

Comic book fans need to not worry, however. Miller has no intention of leaving the comics industry altogether. In fact, he reveals that he is currently working on a 200-page graphic novel. More on this as it develops

Comic-Con Magazine has debuted a new photo of Samuel L. Jackson as The Spirit arch-enemy the Octopus on the cover of its latest issue. Adapted from the legendary comic book series created by Will Eisner and written/directed by Frank Miller, the action-adventure opens Christmas 2008. Gabriel Macht, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Paz Vega, Jaime King, Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi co-star.

Source Movies.IGN

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