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Mark Hamill directs The Black Pearl, based on his own comic

05.18.2010

Almost 15 years after it hit comic stores (back when it was easy to find comic stores), STAR WARS saber-swinger Mark Hamill is getting to direct a feature based on his book THE BLACK PEARL.

Hamill, otherwise perhaps best known for voicing the animated Joker (and for being a lifelong hardcore geek), will helm the $7 million production. The movie is set up through London/L.A. company Berkeley Square Films, whose motto is "to go back to the 1970s approach to filmmaking, where the artists have complete creative autonomy while still ensuring that the money actually makes it to the screen rather than into the studio's pockets."

Per Dark Horse Comics site: Hamill describes The Black Pearl as a tale of urban madness; a story about the "tabloidization" of our society, instant celebrity, and responsibility in the media. "Could an out-of-control shock jock compel an unstable man into becoming the mysterious Black Pearl? That's the premise, and I'm thrilled with the results! It's offbeat, unpredictable, and wickedly funny."

Ironically, the project first began life in the 90s (before Captain Jack Sparrow sailed on the title) as a screenplay before getting converted to comic format. Hamill, who made his directing debut on the indie mockumentary COMIC BOOK: THE MOVIE, seems happy working with the reasonable budget: "We started getting interest from some pretty big producers a while ago. But then it started to take on a life of its own where it became this huge mega budget comic book movie. This was the exact opposite of what we wanted to do."

Extra Tidbit: Hamill doesn't discriminate when it comes to the "Big Two" comic publishers -- while predominantly known as a DC Comics guy from Joker (and playing Trickster on "The Flash" TV show), he's also voiced Wolverine in an Xbox game and done villain voices on "Spider-Man" and "Hulk" animated shows.
Source: Variety

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12:49AM on 05/20/2010
"But then it started to take on a life of its own where it became this huge mega budget comic book movie. This was the exact opposite of what we wanted to do."
Thats surprising to hear from a comic book movie.
"But then it started to take on a life of its own where it became this huge mega budget comic book movie. This was the exact opposite of what we wanted to do."
Thats surprising to hear from a comic book movie.
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12:38AM on 05/20/2010
It'll be curious to see how good Hamill is at directing with a story that's more heavily scripted. Comic Book: The Movie was pretty interesting, but he's clearly no Christopher Guest.

I'll say I'm hip to this, if only because we have yet to see a proper low-budget super hero movie in this era.
It'll be curious to see how good Hamill is at directing with a story that's more heavily scripted. Comic Book: The Movie was pretty interesting, but he's clearly no Christopher Guest.

I'll say I'm hip to this, if only because we have yet to see a proper low-budget super hero movie in this era.
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8:23PM on 05/19/2010

Interesting

Is this a good or a bad thing?
Is this a good or a bad thing?
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1:49PM on 05/19/2010
STAR WARS is mentioned in the first paragraph.

And yes, everyone who reads this site knows who Mark Hamill is.
STAR WARS is mentioned in the first paragraph.

And yes, everyone who reads this site knows who Mark Hamill is.
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10:38AM on 05/19/2010
"Hamill, otherwise perhaps best known for voicing the animated Joker..."

Oh C'mon. What about best known for playing the vilian in "Jay and silent Bob strike back". Or voicing Chanuka zombie in the Futurama movie.

Seriously Dave, you either hate Star Wars or you automatically assume everyone one knows who Mark Hamill is.
"Hamill, otherwise perhaps best known for voicing the animated Joker..."

Oh C'mon. What about best known for playing the vilian in "Jay and silent Bob strike back". Or voicing Chanuka zombie in the Futurama movie.

Seriously Dave, you either hate Star Wars or you automatically assume everyone one knows who Mark Hamill is.
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8:19AM on 05/19/2010

PAT TRAVERS?

Black Pearl is an album by Pat Travers which contained the song, I LA LA LA LOVE YOU which was featured in the cruising Hollywood scene from Valley Girl starring Nicholas Cage. I really shouldn't post this early in the morning.
Black Pearl is an album by Pat Travers which contained the song, I LA LA LA LOVE YOU which was featured in the cruising Hollywood scene from Valley Girl starring Nicholas Cage. I really shouldn't post this early in the morning.
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5:59AM on 05/19/2010
"Hamill, otherwise perhaps best known for voicing the animated Joker..."

I would say most people know him as Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars trilogy, but maybe that's just me?
"Hamill, otherwise perhaps best known for voicing the animated Joker..."

I would say most people know him as Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars trilogy, but maybe that's just me?
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7:10AM on 05/19/2010
"Otherwise" refers to what OUTSIDE of Star Wars is he known for. Which is precious little compared with his Star Wars costars.
"Otherwise" refers to what OUTSIDE of Star Wars is he known for. Which is precious little compared with his Star Wars costars.
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3:45AM on 05/19/2010

very cool

I hope its a success. didn't it have a cartoon in the early 90's? I vaguely remember.
I hope its a success. didn't it have a cartoon in the early 90's? I vaguely remember.
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12:02AM on 05/19/2010
Two words, one name: Harrison Ford
Two words, one name: Harrison Ford
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11:43AM on 05/19/2010
now get yourself a predicate and you got yourself a sentence! whoo hoo!
now get yourself a predicate and you got yourself a sentence! whoo hoo!
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