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Sam the supervillain!

05.18.2007

Sam Jackson was so good at playing a megalomaniacal supervillain in UNBREAKABLE and since those sequels are never gonna get off the ground he's taking his supervillainness elsewhere. Jackson has signed on to star in THE SPIRIT, the upcoming adaptation of Will Eisner's comic series that will be written and directed by Frank Miller. Sam The Man will play The Octopus, The Spirit's archnemesis, who kills anyone who sees his face and has plans to kill all of Central City. Both Jackson and Miller were at Cannes where they discussed the project and came to an agreement. While Miller has nabbed his villain he is still in talks with a number of actors to play the titular hero (who do YOU think should play Spirit? Any good ideas, share 'em below.). Lionsgate recently came aboard to finance and distribute the film, which is expected to begin filming this fall. Jackson, always the busy bee, has a number of projects on the way including 1408 and JUMPER this year as well as filming on BLACK WATER TRANSIT and LAKEVIEW TERRACE.

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Extra Tidbit: The Octopus' real name is Zitzbath Zark. Hmm, Sam's a good actor but he doesn't seem like a Zitzbath to me...
Source: Variety

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3:38PM on 05/19/2007

Oh yeah!

I love these kinds of characters (like in my avatar) and I'm really interested in seeing what they can do with him in a movie format.

And Samuel L Jackson as the villain?

I'll get my ticket now.
I love these kinds of characters (like in my avatar) and I'm really interested in seeing what they can do with him in a movie format.

And Samuel L Jackson as the villain?

I'll get my ticket now.
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4:53PM on 05/18/2007

Huh.

@brechtsky... What makes you think Miller will fail? Writing and penciling comics is a very similar art form. The only difference is, your pictures don't move...and your actors don't get high and beat up hookers.

@xander829... $10 says Michael Bay will remake Robocop within the next 5 years. Robocop will be 30 feet tall and carry a rocket launcher and he'll do away with all the pesky irony and social commentary that Verhoeven built in to it.


As for who should play The Saint?
@brechtsky... What makes you think Miller will fail? Writing and penciling comics is a very similar art form. The only difference is, your pictures don't move...and your actors don't get high and beat up hookers.

@xander829... $10 says Michael Bay will remake Robocop within the next 5 years. Robocop will be 30 feet tall and carry a rocket launcher and he'll do away with all the pesky irony and social commentary that Verhoeven built in to it.


As for who should play The Saint? Um...Dennis Quaid. I like Dennis Quaid. I'd put him in anything.
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4:06PM on 05/18/2007
As long as it is more Sin City and 300 and a little less Robocop 3. Entertainment-wise, not necessarily visual style. I hate Robocop 3. How many more years before the first one gets [link]
As long as it is more Sin City and 300 and a little less Robocop 3. Entertainment-wise, not necessarily visual style. I hate Robocop 3. How many more years before the first one gets [link]
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3:54PM on 05/18/2007

frank miller will fail

mark my words, his first solo effort will show he is no film director.
mark my words, his first solo effort will show he is no film director.
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1:46PM on 05/18/2007
Bruce Campbell as the Spirit. I saw it mentioned elsewhere, but the more I thought about it... Frank Miller, Sam Jackson and Bruce Campbell in the same movie... that'll be pretty fricking cool.
Bruce Campbell as the Spirit. I saw it mentioned elsewhere, but the more I thought about it... Frank Miller, Sam Jackson and Bruce Campbell in the same movie... that'll be pretty fricking cool.
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10:31AM on 05/18/2007

Rumor?

Aintitcool has this reported as nothing more than a rumor with Frank Miller just wanting it to happen. So it's been made official within the past couple of hours?
Aintitcool has this reported as nothing more than a rumor with Frank Miller just wanting it to happen. So it's been made official within the past couple of hours?
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9:08AM on 05/18/2007

Extra Tidbit

Here's a better one for you, Samuel L. Jackson's character in Sphere has a phobia of squids/octopus and the like.
Here's a better one for you, Samuel L. Jackson's character in Sphere has a phobia of squids/octopus and the like.
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7:29AM on 05/18/2007

Sam' s the Man

What can I say,Jackson is in almost every movie made. But hey, when your a great actor i guess everyone wants you in their film.
What can I say,Jackson is in almost every movie made. But hey, when your a great actor i guess everyone wants you in their film.
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