Miller to Adapt the Spirit
Miller to Adapt the Spirit[VARIETY] Comic book artist Frank Miller will adapt and direct The Spirit, based on comic legend Will Eisner’s classic strip.
Miller co-directed Sin City with Robert Rodriguez.
The Spirit, which debuted in 1940, tells the story of a masked detective who is believed to be dead. Using a mausoleum as his home base, Eisner’s character fights crime in the dark shadows of Central City, using cunning and ingenious forms of punishment.
“I intend to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of the material, but it won’t be nostalgic. It will be much scarier than people expect,” said Miller.
I like Miller’s work an awful lot, but I’m a little bit worried about the way he’s parsing his words. He’s going to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of Eisner’s work. Not to the work itself — but to the heart and soul of the work. And since he’s going to be the one to decide what that heart and soul is…
I guess I’d feel more comfortable is he promised to be faithful to Eisner’s work. And, yes, if it were almost anyone but Eisner, I probably wouldn’t care. But we’re talking one of the heads of the Comics Pantheon.
Tread carefully, ‘k?