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 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?