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UPDATED: Vehicle 19 director Mukunda Michael Dewil is NOT attached to Frank Miller's Hard Boiled

05.15.2013

Hard Boiled

UPDATED: Producer Stephen L'Heureux from Solipist films has contacted several sites to inform them that at this time no one is currently attached to Hard Boiled. It might have been a case of miscommunication or Dewill talking big but regardless of the reason the fact is Dewill is not working on an adaptation. Sorry for the confusion guys!

Original: There are actually two films out this year with actor Paul Walker behind the wheel of a car: FAST AND FURIOUS 6 and VEHICLE 19, a film from director Mukunda Michael Dewil that we had a trailer for back in March. The film is currently playing in London and the director recently talked to Bleeding Cool about VEHICLE 19 and some of Dewil's upcoming projects. One of those projects is apparently an adaptation of the Frank Miller's Hard Boiled.

I’m adapting Frank Miller’s comic book called Hard Boiled with Stephen L’Heureux from Solipsist films. They just did Sin City 2 and they own a lot of Frank’s comics. That’s a very big project that’s going be out to market in a couple of weeks… it’s quite a big deal. We’re kind of pumped for that.

Here's the book description from Amazon:

Carl Seltz is a suburban insurance investigator, a loving husband, and devoted father. Nixon is a berserk, homicidal tax collector racking up mind-boggling body counts in a diseased urban slaughterhouse. Unit Four is the ultimate robot killing machine - and the last hope of the future's enslaved mechanical servants. And they're all the same psychotic entity

Hard Boiled is a comic I'm aware of but haven't read yet. Based on what I do know I think the film will need a pretty decent budget and I'm not sure if Mukunda Michael Dewil is the man for the job. I haven't seen VEHICLE 19 but it's currently sitting at 25% at Rotten Tomatoes, which doesn't inspire much confidence in me on the director helming the adaptation. Still, I've heard it's an interesting and violent comic that should lend itself well to the big screen and I'm intrigued to see how this develops.

Extra Tidbit: Frank Miller also cameos in the films he has worked on, such as the priest that Marv kills in SIN CITY and a police officer that gets his head ripped off in THE SPIRIT.
Source: Bleeding Cool

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2:07PM on 05/15/2013

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This will actually happen and be any justice to the source material for a few reasons. One being the incredibly violent and sexual nature of the story. And second the sort of lack of a story in general. Don't get me wrong, there is a story there but it is told in such a minimalist way that it just would not work as a movie. Just the near total lack of dialog through out most of the would make it troublesome.
This will actually happen and be any justice to the source material for a few reasons. One being the incredibly violent and sexual nature of the story. And second the sort of lack of a story in general. Don't get me wrong, there is a story there but it is told in such a minimalist way that it just would not work as a movie. Just the near total lack of dialog through out most of the would make it troublesome.
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12:24PM on 05/15/2013

I don't this will work

The source material is pretty adult fare - about as hard R as you're going to get. I don't see a studio putting a real budget behind this. And considering the urban mayhem that goes on in the series, anything less than huge(ly expensive) practical effects would be a waste. Low budget CGI would be awful. I actually *don't* think it will lend itself well to film, despite the premise summarized by Amazon.
That said, artist Geoff Darrow has done some consulting in film work. His style is so
The source material is pretty adult fare - about as hard R as you're going to get. I don't see a studio putting a real budget behind this. And considering the urban mayhem that goes on in the series, anything less than huge(ly expensive) practical effects would be a waste. Low budget CGI would be awful. I actually *don't* think it will lend itself well to film, despite the premise summarized by Amazon.
That said, artist Geoff Darrow has done some consulting in film work. His style is so specific and detailed, that not involving him would seem to guarantee aesthetic failure, but making him the film's art director might help make it work.
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10:49AM on 05/15/2013
My Dad saw Vehicle 19 and said it was awful. And he's been known to give many a Direct-to-DVD action flick a free pass.
My Dad saw Vehicle 19 and said it was awful. And he's been known to give many a Direct-to-DVD action flick a free pass.
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