Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
The Internet: “I just knew after Wanted made a killing, pun intended, that Hollwood would greenlight more comic book movies about assassins. I just knew it, so I’m blogging about it. ‘Cause I’m psychic.” Anyhow, Matthew Fox (Lost, Racer X) is in deep talks to star as the title hit man in Billy Smoke, one of those movies based on a comic book that’s announced before its source material hits the stands a la Cowboys & Aliens. No director is attached. Here’s the logline:
Story centers on an elite hit man who’s nearly killed during a botched job and realizes that his only way to find redemption is to rid the world of all assassins.
More promising is that Billy Smoke was sparked from the brain of writer B. Clay Moore, the co-creator of Image’s excellent ongoing series Hawaiian Dick (yes, recommended). Also kicking ass is Oni Press, which has adaptations like Scott Pilgrim with Michael Cera, The Last Call and Moore’s own Hollywood spy spoof Leading Man, in the movie oven, and will publish Smoke next year. No teaser art is available. Anyone remember when Johnny Knoxville was attached to New Line’s adaptation of Hawaiian Dick? Daltry Calhoun aside, I still think he could have pulled it off to a T. Bummer it didn’t happen.