Ben Wheatley is looking to throw his cap into the comic book movie ring. Eying an adaptation of Frank Miller’s Hard Boiled, this would be an interesting choice for his first major studio project. Wheatley has spent all of his time till now, creating unique, and occasionally downright bonkers indie films like A Field In England, Sightseers, Kill List, and most recently High Rise. This would certainly be a departure from the free spirited independent narratives he’s crafted thus far, but something tells me he won’t abandon his distinct sensibilities as a filmmaker. This is reportedly an action vehicle meant for his High Rise star, Tom Hiddleston.
Deadline has reported that Hardboiled would be a joint effort between Solipsist (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) and Hollywood Gang (300: rise of an Empire). Hard Boiled is a three issue graphic novel which debuted in 1990 and followed a suburban insurance investigator and family man, Carol Seltz, who learns that he’s a homicidal cyborg tax collector that is the last hope for his enslaved robotic race.
This seems to be an appropriate studio feature debut for Wheatley to sink his teeth into. Certainly an interesting, and highly stylized source material that someone as eccentric as he is. His latest effort Free Fire received critical acclaim out of the Toronto International Film Festival, and is set for limited release in March of 2017. As more developments unfold, the excitement for this film will undoubtedly grow. This should absolutely be a project to keep a close eye on.
Here’s the official Synopsis for Hard Boiled:
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.