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

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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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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

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.

grimjob on May 15, 2013

2

A cage/fincher had never EVER crossed my mind until just reading this and it sounds awesome as fuck!

Jon Odishaw on May 15, 2013

3

Fincher was originally going to make 8mm

eurogibbon on May 15, 2013

4

Can't stand him these days. Used to be great, now he pumps out 3-5 crappy movies a year it seems.

grimjob on May 15, 2013

5

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.

Jon Odishaw on May 15, 2013

6

Ha! Totally just pictured that. And I'm still laughing. Good call.

grimjob on May 15, 2013

7

Geof Darrow's drawings that made the book for me, if they can capture that somehow....

pamann on May 15, 2013

8

I totally agree. Amazing art by Darrow.

Linkfx on May 15, 2013

9

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.

Carpola on May 15, 2013

10

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.

Triton on May 15, 2013

11

Miller is crazy successful right now. This project sounds great. I will watch this one for sure.

DAVIDPD on May 15, 2013

12

Interesting. Curiosity abounds.

The Clone on May 15, 2013

13

Passionate Theme HOLLYWOOD : DONT LEAVE THE FRANK , STICK TO HIM MORE and MORE Fing MORE for this Hard Boiled Bring It On ... Bring It

Ehsan Davodi on May 16, 2013

14

Read the comicbook? Then you know this is a NC-17, pushing on Unrated or "X" as it doesn't go any higher 🙂

David Banner on May 16, 2013

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