Comics2Film at Mania.com spoke exclusively to producer Stephen L’Heureux of Solipsist Films who gave us the scoop on his slate of many comic-based films. Among them are two projects in orbit around comics creator and filmmaker Frank Miller: the ‘Sin City‘ franchise and an adaptation of Miller’s ‘Hard Boiled‘.
L’Heureux confirmed for us that the long-awaited sequel ‘Sin City 2‘ will go into production in the second half of 2010. Unlike the first movie, which used the graphic novels as both screenplay and story boards, the sequel will be based on an original script by Miller. As with the original, Miller will co-direct with Robert Rodriguez.
The producer also told us that Miller is hard at work on the screenplay for ‘Hard Boiled‘, based on his comic series from Dark Horse from the early 1990s. Miller is attached to direct that feature.
The ultra-violent comic featured a troubled tax collector named Nixon who slowly begins to realize that his life is nothing like what it seems and he is some kind of robot doing the bidding of a shadowy organization. The book was printed in an oversize format to accommodate the intricately detailed artwork of co-creator Geoff Darrow.
However, L’Heureux told us ‘Hard Boiled‘ is still in the early stages.
“We’re still developing it. We got the project in turnaround from Warner Bros and Frank. It’s such a pleasure to work with someone like Frank Miller. He’s so smart and passionate about story at all levels from 1940s noir pulp to modern film,” L’Heureux said.
So when can fans expect to see the movie? The producer said it all comes down to scheduling Miller’s time.
“With ‘Sin City‘ just on the horizon I don’t think we’d be able to do it with Frank right away. As simple as ‘Sin City‘ seems, it’s a very complex scheduling with all these actors and it’s a very demanding shoot to be on a sound stage all day long,” L’Heureux told us. “We have to space it for Frank. There’s also talk, of course, of ‘Sin City 3‘.”