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Mark Hamill to Direct a Movie? We'll Find Out More at Cannes

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April 19, 2010
Source: The Wrap

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Looks like everyone wants to direct their own comic book movie nowadays. The Wrap reports that Mark Hamill, better known as Luke frickin' Skywalker, excitedly revealed at an event in LA last weekend that he may finally direct a movie that's been a passion project of his for years. Unfortunately, his partners told him that he couldn't fully announce it yet because "they wanted to wait until the Cannes Film Festival." But with the little hints he did give, The Wrap seems to think it may be a feature version of his own comic book series The Black Pearl, because he did mention that it is based on a comic he wrote that's set in the real world.

Hamill also states that "at first glance it's a drama, but it has dark humor." The Black Pearl (not related to Captain Jack's pirate ship) is about a troubled man named Luther Drake who becomes a costumed vigilante "hero" by accident and media pressure. Hamill said in an old interview that the comic is "a crime thriller, fairly raw in terms of violence… about tabloid journalism and sensationalism and all the things that thrillers come from." That definitely seems like it's an interesting story, but after Kick-Ass and Defendor, how many more of these regular-joe-turns-costumed-vigilante movies can we handle before they begin to lose appeal?

The only other bit of info that Hamill revealed at the time is that the budget is around $7 million because that's right where "you don’t have to do pre-sales and you can maintain much more creative control" over a project. I guess Hamill really, really wanted to direct this himself and wouldn't increase the budget because it would require another director. The reason he's getting more offers is because "my two co-writers wrote a David O. Russell film for Paramount." He's probably referring to The Fighter, but that has a whole handful of writers mentioned on IMDb, although I'm pretty sure he's talking about Paul Attanasio and Lewis Colick.

I'm sure there'll be a formal announcement at Cannes, if everything goes as panned. Hamill did previously direct the mockumentary Comic Book: The Movie so he's got a bit of experience, but it'll be quite interesting to see if Skywalker can handle the camera as well as the lightsaber. Until we hear more next month, it's time to open up the floor to discussion. Anyone familiar with the comics? Does this have any potential?

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  • DoomCanoe
    *clears throat* i believe its pronounced Luke fuckin' Skywalker thank you very much and good the comic was sweet and Hamill rules, the man should be a director. i meen... with a face like that... ONLY JOKING!!!
  • People's Champ
    Straight to Syfy channel.
  • Hellboy
    There is no try. Only do.
  • tra la la la la di da
    I liked it but a movie that'll make money? Meh...I"ll definitely see it though when it comes out.
  • Colca
    I'm not familiar with the comic, but the first movie Hamill directed, Comic Book: The Movie, was absolutely hilarious.
  • Six Three
    First of all Hellboy, the line goes "Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." Secondly Hamill is a one trick poney. He would be a nobody if he wasn't in Star Wars. Didn't make anything good before, hasn't made anything good since.
  • Quaked2023
    @ Six Three What about the Joker?
  • Cineprog
    Mark Hamel has only been none for Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars films and giving is Voice to the Joker in the Animated Batman series. I hope he can give it a go and make something of being a Director, good luck to him I hope he gets the project of the ground.
  • Quaked2023
    He was also Cock-Knocker
  • This would be wonderful - Hamill's a childhood hero of mine, as I'm sure he is for most genre fans. I wish him all the best with the next stage of his career.
  • bucker96
    man skywalker got fat
  • harrison
    damn old age has not been nice to him.. but anyway id certainly be willing to give this a look, i owe him that much for my childhood
  • Sharlto
    i'm sorry you got in a crash and let Harrison Ford get all the star wars glory (tear down cheek) But seriously this movie doesnt sound interesting
  • twittwit
    More JOKER please.
  • Al
    Hes looking more and more like his father (Aniken post-darth) everyday.
  • Some of the comments on here sound like E-News, I bet your all like a Max Factor ad sitting there ripping on people for their looks. Maybe he should get plastic surgey and look like all the other muppets in Hollywood. Surely playing Luke Skywalker typecast the man forever. Off course he should give directing a go.
  • Bri
    I had the chance to read the screenplay (which is wonderful) and then tracked down the out-of-print comic (based on how impressive the script was). The comic? Not so hot...bit goofy like Kick-Ass. Plays on more comic bookish devices and imagery. But the script is dark, twisted, and more gritty. I have been hoping that this flick would get made and maybe now it's time. Pretty sick.

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