And no, we’re not talking about a Hollywood remake of John Woo’s “Hard Boiled” with Chow Yun Fat and Tony Leung (although I’m sure that’s in the pipe somewhere, knowing Hollywood). Instead, the “Hard Boiled” being referred to was a comic book limited series that Frank Miller wrote and Geoff Darrow drew for Dark Horse from the ’90s. As I recall, the comic book was basically Miller’s take on the craziness of Hong Kong action movies, with thousands of rounds being fired in a frenzy of hyper violence.
Now, MTV has news that a movie version of “Hard Boiled” is being considered, and that Miller himself may want to direct, with “Spirit” producer Deborah Del Prete once again producing.
Miller tells MTV this:
“We’re talking about [it],” Miller declared to us at NY Comic Con. “I’ve got a really unusual way I want to do it.”
The comic book was about a man name Carl Seitz, (supposedly) an insurance investigator who discovers that he’s actually a cyborg named Nixon. I never got past the first issue (which, incidentally, came oversized — the more to see the bullet casings that were flying fast and furious throughout, one presumes), but that’s only because I forgot to follow up on it.
The film almost got made in 2001, when Variety reported that Warner Bros. was trying to snag the film rights for David Fincher to direct and Nicholas Cage to star. Obviously that never happened, and the possibility for a “Hard Boiled” movie would, in all probability, depend on how Miller’s “The Spirit” does at the box office.