Frank Miller and Geof Darrow’s Eisner award-winning comic book Hard Boiled is heading to the big screen, with Tom Hiddleston being eyed to star.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is in negotiation to get its hands on the comic book title, with High-Rise director Ben Wheatley set to adapt and direct the big-screen adaptation. If everyone signs on the dotted line, Hard Boiled will reunite Wheatley with his High-Rise leading man and Thor: Ragnarok star Tom Hiddleston, who'll be duking it out with the king of all giant apes in the hotly anticipated Kong: Skull Island on March 10, 2017.
Published in the early 1990s, Hard Boiled was a 3-issue comic book mini-series from Dark Horse Comics set in a dystopian Los Angeles in the near future. The story centers on Carl Seltz (to be played by Hiddleston), an insurance investigator with a loving wife, two kids and a dog who discovers that he’s actually a brainwashed homicidal cyborg tax collector code-named Nixon. Until that time a fellow killing robot named Unit Two tells him he’s the only hope to save the robot race from programmed slavery.
Warner Bros. has been trying to nab the rights to adapt Hard Boiled for years now. In 2001, David Fincher was set to helm the movie, with Nicolas Cage attached to star and produce, while in 2008 Miller claimed he would be directing the movie. In 2013, Mukunda Michael Dewil (Vehicle 19) was apparently set to helm the adaptation. Maybe third fourth time's the charm?
Do you guys think Ben Wheatley and Tom Hiddleston are the perfect duo to bring Hard Boiled to the big screen?