Hardware: Richard Stanley’s 1990 sci-fi horror film gets comic book continuation

Thirteen months ago, we took a look back at writer/director Richard Stanley‘s 1990 sci-fi horror cult classic Hardware (pick up a copy at THIS LINK) with the episode of the Best Horror Movie You Never Saw that’s in the embed above. Now Stanley has taken to social media to make an unexpected but very cool announcement – Hardware is getting an official continuation in the form of a comic book titled Hardwired: Dawn of the Droid!

Stanley said,

HARDWIRED – DAWN OF THE DROID – after 32 years of silence the Mark 13 project is back on-line – coming soon from FINAL IMPACT COMICS – the official continuation of the HARDWARE saga – in truth I wanted to call it HARD.WARE but the legal eagles figured that was just too cheeky so HARDWIRED will have to do – even the end of the world has to get started someplace

He also shared the piece of promotional art that can be seen at the bottom of this article.

Starring Dylan McDermott and Stacey Travis, with a cameo by Lemmy and a vocal performance by Iggy Pop, Hardware has the following synopsis: 

In the barren, radioactive wastelands of the future lies the discarded remains of a Mark 13 cyborg, an advanced military killing machine. When purchased as scrap by Space Trooper Mo as a gift for his sculptress girlfriend, the dismembered remains begin to reconstruct themselves. The fully restored exterminator embarks on a relentless killing spree, with Mo’s girlfriend as its prime target.

Stanley has had a Hardware sequel on his mind for a long time – and at one point a 2007 script he wrote for the unproduced film Hardware 2: Ground Zero was even posted online. That movie may not ever happen, but it’s good to see that he has been able to get a sequel story out into the world in some way. The comic book is based on the Ground Zero script, which has been “updated and expanded” for this project.

We’ll keep you updated on Hardwired: Dawn of the Droid as more information is made available.

Hardwired: Dawn of the Droid Hardware

Source: Richard Stanley

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