Visual Effects Artist Tim Miller to Adapt 'Gravel' Comic for Legendary

March 16, 2012
Source: Deadline


Despite the fact that the film was a fantastic thriller all around, one of the finer points of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came from the dark and twisted opening credit sequence, reminiscent of some kind of gothic James Bond opening. The man behind that sequence is Tim Miller and his Blur Studio CG animation studio, a company primarily known for video game cinematics. Previously, Miller had been attached to direct X-Men Origins: Deadpool in April, but nothing new on the project has surfaced since then. Now Deadline reports the visual effects artist is also slated adapt Gravel, the Warren Ellis comic book series.

For those who haven't seen it, or would like to watch again, here's that credit sequence from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo featuring Karen O and Trent Reznor's cover of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song:

As for Gravel, the comic focuses on William Gravel, a soldier in the British S.A.S. who uses his skills in dark magic to moonlight and battle supernatural beings for clients in order to make some extra cash. It's easy to see how the visual style from that credit sequence could inform a supernatural world filled with dark magic and supernatural elements, but it's not clear just how stylized this adaptation will be. Of course, Legendary (who also did Zack Snyder's the stylized adaptation of 300) is behind the film, so there will definitely be a decent amount of money to throw around, especially after scrapping Paradise Lost. Anyone interested?

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I'm not sure how to feel about this. The comics were alright, but they lacked any real sense of depth to the character development, being more or less "accomplish task A, move onto task B,  repeat." The art was beautiful and the concept was there, just the story could have been more interesting. But I love me some Blur Studios, so maybe this will go well.

Phillip Gockel on Mar 16, 2012


Yes, I am interested. If it's a HARD R. Read the comic, and you'll get why.

David Banner on Mar 16, 2012


with Mr. Ellis as executive producer. it's going to be an Hard-R Rated Film

Robot308 on Mar 16, 2012

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