One of the enduring examples of the graphic novel as a form is Will Eisner‘s A Contract With God, a collection of short stories that is often called the first graphic novel. It isn’t that, but it is a wonderful book, and a great example of why Eisner is considered a master of comic book storytelling.
Now, and this was probably inevitable, there is a film version in development. Read More »
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Update: Watch The Spirit Teaser Trailer Here.
Lionsgate just released the new one-sheet for Frank Miller‘s The Spirit featuring the film’s signature catchphrase, “My City Screams,” spelled out in noir-ish sooted city brick. Really well executed, don’t cha think, and this is merely the early lead-up to the movie’s January 2009 release. I’m sure the marketing department won’t like to hear this, but I’m getting a slight Darkman vibe from the materials so far. You see the similarity? Hopefully an inescapable line of “Who is…The Spirit?!” buttons are not planned for theater employees.
Head over to AICN to bask in their monolithic high res version of the poster above.
Official Plot Synopsis: Adapted from the legendary comic strip, THE SPIRIT is a classic action-adventure-romance told by genre-twister FRANK MILLER (creator of 300 and SIN CITY). It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the SPIRIT (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the OCTOPUS (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: he’s going to wipe out Spirit’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront … all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are ELLEN DOLAN (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; SILKEN FLOSS (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; PLASTER OF PARIS (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; LORELEI (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and MORGENSTERN (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there’s SAND SAREF (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She’s the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him? In the vein of BATMAN BEGINS and SIN CITY, THE SPIRIT takes us on a sinister, gut-wrenching ride with a hero who is born, murdered and born again.
Discuss: Do you like or loathe the new poster for The Spirit?
If you don’t have your contacts in, let me type you out the taglines from these three new posters for Frank Miller‘s Will Eisner’s The Spirit. “My City Screams. She Is My Lover. And I Am Her Spirit.” I’d post the high-res versions but Superhero Hype said they’d put my little hands in a blender! Frank Miller continues to territorially piss all over red, white and black in Hollywood and that’s fine and dandy with me. Aligning his film in mainstream moviegoers’ minds with Sin City is in the best interest of the lesser known comic book adaptation, and builds up the “what is that for?”‘s way ahead of its release in January ’09.
Discuss: What do you think of the art above? Does The Spirit’s tie secretly want to be a scarf?
Lionsgate has officially launched the official website for the adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. The website promises to have one-the-set production diaries and a production blog, but for right now there is a video introduction from director Frank Miller. The crew sets up for a green screen shot in the background as Miller talks about his plans for the Will Eisner classic. And of course, we should check back for more, when it becomes available. Check out the official website at lionsgate.com/thespirit.
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Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to star as a mysterious super-villain named The Octopus in Frank Miller’s big screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit.
The story will focusÂ an ambitious young cop named Denny Colt, who is murdered in the line of duty and is mysteriously reborn as the masked man known as the Spirit. The Spirit’s nemesis is named the Octopus, a meek lab assistant who becomes psychotic and kills anyone that sees his face. He plans to wipe out all of Central City. Miller announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Jackson is his number one choice for this role. Casting The Spirit may take a while longer, as the Sin City co-director says he’s still mulling over different actors for that part.
I’m not quite sure how The Spirit‘s story will work with modern audiences, or if Frank Miller has the chops to helm a film on his own. One thing is for sure, Hollywood is sold on the man (especially after the success that was 300). It was also announced earlier this week that Lionsgate will distribute the film in the US.