Frank Miller Wants to Direct Hard Boiled Himself
All eyes are focused intently on Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit currently, but that doesn't mean we can't also keep our eye on what's next after that. In addition to Frank Miller's graphic novel Ronin, apparently Hard Boiled is on the slate to get adapted, too. However, Miller has taken such a liking to directing recently, that he wants to direct the Hard Boiled movie himself! Where does that put Sin City 2? Who knows, but at least we might have Hard Boiled up next after he finishes The Spirit. MTV talked with Miller over the weekend at the New York Comic Con and got some new details out of him.
Hard Boiled was once setup under Zodiac director David Fincher, but alas that's no longer the case. Instead, Frank Miller and producer Deborah Del Prete are looking to adapt it. Frank's even got an idea, saying "I've got a really unusual way I want to do it." Please tell me it's something different than both Sin City and The Spirit. And if you're wondering why Frank is being selfish and trying to direct so many movies on his own, we'll let him explain it.
"I'm in love with directing," he gushed. "I've found a way to expand my career. Comics and directing are really two sides of the same coin. That's what Robert Rodriguez taught me…good drama is good drama."
The Hard Boiled graphic novel, unrelated to the John Woo movie of the same name, is a three-issue miniseries that was first published in 1990 by Dark Horse Comics. Although I'm not too familiar with it, MTV says "it's been called one of the most violent comic books ever created" about "an insurance investigator who unwittingly discovers that he's actually Nixon, a psychotic assassin/tax collector who's also a cyborg and future savior of the robot race." Sound like an awesome film for someone like Frank Miller to direct? I think so!
The project has actually been in development hell for quite some time. It was originally announced in 2001 with Fincher attached to direct and Nic Cage to star. Seven years later and it's finally made an appearance again, this time under Frank Miller himself. I hope that means this may actually get off the ground but there's certainly no promises. They're only "talking about it" and nothing has been put down on paper yet. Does this sound like the kind of movie you'd want to see?