Deadline reports that High-Rise and Free Fire director Ben Wheatley will finally make his studio debut with Warner Bros’ adaptation of Frank Miller and artist Geof Darrow‘s futuristic sci-fi comic book Hard Boiled.
The director is reportedly circling a new incarnation of the project.
The comic is like if Blade Runner, Robocop and Deadpool had a baby.
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.
They’ve also added that Ben’s High-Rise lead Tom Hiddleston could also star.
Deadline hears that while all the deals have to be made on Hard Boiled, that Warner Bros is looking for Ben Wheatley to develop the action film as a potential vehicle for The Avengers and The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston. We should know soon how all this works out.
Darrow helped develop the artwork that would be used for the Matrix films.
Years ago, Frank Miller attempted to direct a feature based on his epic and violent science fiction comic, but due to the less than stellar reception to The Spirit that never happened.
It’s a project I’ve been championing for years to get made into a film and it looks like it finally might soon.