Frank Miller and Geof Darrow’s graphic novel Hard Boiled [nothing to do with the awesome Hong Kong shoot-em-up] was originally going to be filmed by David Fincher as an all-CGI movie, but he left the project [Fincher must have left more projects than any other living director]. However, the good news is that Ben Wheatley the fine director of Kill List and Sightseers, is going to be taking over in what will be his first big budget studio project, for Warners. Now I personally thought that this year’s High-Rise, despite its good notices, was something of a misfire, but I remain excited by whatever projects Wheatley gets attached to.
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.
As usual, he’s writing the novel and there is a possibility that his High-Rise star Tom Hiddleston will be taking the lead role. I’m generally not too fond of Miller’s stuff, at least in terms of movies, but at the very least Wheatley will make something interesting from the material. In the meantime, Wheatley’s next film, the warehouse-set action thriller Free Fire, is released on 31 March.