Matthew Fox Joins Adaptation of Oni Press' Billy Smoke
by Alex Billington
June 29, 2008
After kicking ass as Racer X in Speed Racer earlier this summer, Matthew Fox will go on to star in Billy Smoke, an adaptation of an upcoming comic being published by Oni Press. The story focuses on an elite hitman who is nearly killed during a job and realizes that his only way to find redemption is to rid the world of all assassins. After the success of Wanted this weekend, it sounds like Hollywood is interested in even more hitmen and assassins. The comic book series will first be published in 2009 and is written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Eric Kim. No director or writer has been announced yet, but the film is being produced by Warner Brothers and Oni's Eric Gitter.
Although this is probably the most bland news, without any writer, director, or even really a comic book, I'm glad to hear that Matthew Fox has finally been given a starring role. He was one of the best parts of Speed Racer, is awesome on "Lost", but needs a chance to really shine in a big budget studio flick. I can't say that I'm completely interested in seeing more hitmen and assassins, since Wanted really was a one hit wonder, I'm looking forward to seeing Fox take on that kind of character. Let's hope this isn't as bland as Hitmen from last year. Do you think Matthew Fox needs a big role to really take off?