Hard Boiled

[UPDATE: Solipsist Films has informed us that the details below have not been confirmed with their company. Original text follows.]

Way, way back in 2001, David Fincher was set to direct an adaptation of Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow’s comic book Hard Boiled with Nicolas Cage in the lead role. (No relation to John Woo’s film of the same name.) Those plans failed to work out, but the project never completely went away. Every few years, there’s another little update. In 2008, it was that Miller would now be directing it himself. In 2010, it was that Miller would do it after Sin City 2.

Today, the news is that South African director Mukunda Michael Dewil will help bring it to the big screen. Dewil is best known (insofar as he’s known at all) as the director of Vehicle 19, a.k.a. the other Paul Walker car movie due out this summer. Hit the jump to get the details.

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Sin City 2 has been a project sitting on the horizon for several years. It has started to seem like one of those things that co-director Robert Rodriguez likes to keep on the table because he knows it gets fan attention, while not necessarily being a film he really plans to make.

Now producer Stephen L’Heureux says that Sin City 2 will go into production at the end of 2010, and that Frank Miller will follow it with a film version of Hard Boiled, the uber-detailed and hyper-violent comic written by Miller and drawn by Geoff Darrow. Read More »

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Last week we told you that a sequel to John Woo‘s 1992 Hong Kong action-classic Hard Boiled was in development. Screenwriters Jeremy Passmore (Special) and Andre Fabrizio (upcoming John Carpenter film The Prince) were hired to write an adaption of the Woo-produced 2007 video game Stranglehold, which was an official sequel to Hard Boiled and featured star Chow Yun-Fat reprising his role as hard-boiled cop Inspector “Tequila” Yuen.

But apparently the big screen version won’t be a sequel after all… it will be more of a prequel… or maybe even a total reimagining? Twitch talked to Woo’s production partner Terence Chang, who clarified that Stranglehold will feature “a much younger Tequila” and he called the film “not a sequel” but instead, “a total reinvention”.

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John Woo‘s production company Lion Rock Entertainment is developing a big screen sequel to the classic 1992 Hong Kong action film Hard Boiled. Screenwriters Jeremy Passmore (Special) and Andre Fabrizio (upcoming John Carpenter film The Prince) are penning the adaption of the Woo-produced 2007 video game Strangehold, which was an official sequel to Hard Boiled and featured star Chow Yun-Fat reprising his role as hard-boiled cop Inspector “Tequila” Yuen. I assume the film  being developed for American audiences, as American screenwriters are attached. Which makes me wonder if this would be a real sequel to Hard Boiled, or a stand-alone film which could function as a sequel to Hard Boiled in an alternative universe where the first film took place in the United States (and some people thought Watchmen was confusing?).

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Frank Miller wants to direct Hard Boiled

Frank Miller's Hard BoiledFrank Miller says he’s not only working on a big screen adaptation of his 1990 three-issue mini-series Hard Boiled, but he also wants to direct it himself.

“We’re talking about [it]. I’ve got a really unusual way I want to do it,” Miller told MTV at the New York Comic-Con. “I’m in love with directing. I’ve found a way to expand my career. Comics and directing are really two sides of the same coin. That’s what Robert Rodriguez taught me… good drama is good drama.”

Miller says he wants to make the movie in “a really unusual way”, let’s hope that doesn’t mean “another movie which will look and feel like Sin City“.

The story follows Carl Seltz, a suburban insurance investigator who discovers he is actually a cyborg named Nixon, a berserk, homicidal tax collector who also happens to be the ultimate robot killing machine and the last hope of the future’s enslaved mechanical servants. In 2001, Warner Brothers was in negotiations to adapt the comic book into a feature film, with David Fincher set to direct and Nicholas Cage to star, but it never happened.

Discuss: Should Frank Miller direct more movies or stick to making more comics?

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