Frank Miller's 'Hard Boiled' Comic Book Heading to the Big Screen

May 15, 2013
Source: Bleeding Cool

Hard Boiled

Fans who were eagerly awaiting 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder's original adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300, were dealt some bad news as the film (which takes place before, during and after the events of 300) was pushed back to a March 2014 release. But maybe news of another project bringing Miller's work to the big screen will help lessen the blow. Bleeding Cool recently sat down with Mukunda Michael Dewil, the director of Paul Walker's thriller Vehicle 19, and he revealed that he's currently working on an adaptation of Miller's 23-year-old comic miniseries Hard Boiled. More below!

For those who aren't familiar with Hard Boiled, here's a brief synopsis:

Carl Seltz is a suburban insurance investigator, a loving husband, and devoted father. Nixon is a berserk, homicidal tax collector racking up mind-boggling body counts in a diseased urban slaughterhouse. Unit Four is the ultimate robot killing machine - and the last hope of the future's enslaved mechanical servants. And they're all the same psychotic entity.

Yeah, that sounds like some pretty challenging material to bring to the big screen. As far back as 2001, Warner Bros. was trying to get an adaptation of this mini-series comic book with David Fincher directing and Nicolas Cage starring. Now that's a project people would flip out for today. We're going to assume that Dewil is working on the script and also attached to direct the film, but that may not be the case, so stay tuned as more information becomes available. It sounds like this project is in the nascent stages of development anyway, so it might be awhile before any solid information surfaces. Thoughts?

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  • grimjob
    Sounds awesomely bizarre. "was trying to get an adaptation of this mini-series comic book with David Fincher directing and Nicolas Cage starring. Now that's a project people would flip out for today." Haha! Cage? I don't think anyone would flip out for Cage to be in this. Not anymore anyway. Fincher would be great though.
    • Jon Odishaw
      A cage/fincher had never EVER crossed my mind until just reading this and it sounds awesome as fuck!
      • eurogibbon
        Fincher was originally going to make 8mm
      • grimjob
        Can't stand him these days. Used to be great, now he pumps out 3-5 crappy movies a year it seems.
        • Jon Odishaw
          Oh yea I don't watch cage movies but finchers style mixed with cages style would be real interesting. Could you imagine if cage was the one saying "what's in the box??" I can totally see it.
          • grimjob
            Ha! Totally just pictured that. And I'm still laughing. Good call.
  • pamann
    Geof Darrow's drawings that made the book for me, if they can capture that somehow....
    • Linkfx
      I totally agree. Amazing art by Darrow.
    • Darrow's art is supreme. Still check look at his drawings and find new details. They managed quite well in the Matrix with his concepts, so it is do-able.
  • Triton
    Excellent comic. Read it back in high school. Although this will no doubt be a tough property to adapt to the screen due to the graphic content in the story itself, but I'm sure they'll find a way. Also, I think Bryan Cranston would make an awesome Carl Seltz, IMO.
    Miller is crazy successful right now. This project sounds great. I will watch this one for sure.
  • The Clone
    Interesting. Curiosity abounds.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Passionate Theme HOLLYWOOD : DONT LEAVE THE FRANK , STICK TO HIM MORE and MORE Fing MORE for this Hard Boiled Bring It On ... Bring It
  • David Banner
    Read the comicbook? Then you know this is a NC-17, pushing on Unrated or "X" as it doesn't go any higher :)




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