Friday, December 19, 2008

Frank Miller, You Are Not My Friend Anymore...

After being lucky...ummm...after seeing Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit last week I just gotta say it. Frank, please stick to drawing and writing funny books. This movie more then any I've seen this year epitomised "Black Hole" to me. A Black Hole movie to me is one that sucks so hard that nothing can escape it. Not humour, not careers, hell, maybe not Lionsgate.

Mayhap Robert Rodriguez was being a really nice guy when Frank got a "co"-directing credit for Sin City. Maybe it was just part of Miller releasing the property to make the movie, but it was not a good thing. The Spirit basically looks exactly like Sin City crossed with the Batman television show of the 60's. I realise that Rodriguez himself didn't go to film school and sold plasma here in Austin to make El Mariachi, but some people can direct and some people can't. I don't think Rodriguez would try and draw 300 or The Dark Knight, and there's a reason Zack Synder didn't let him "direct" 300. Please don't take my word on this let's hear from people who do this for a living: Variety.

And now? Now what is eeking through the entertainment cracks? That it's almost a done deal that Frank Miller will direct Buck Rogers. To further strain credulity, Odd Lot Entertainment, these same people who put The Spirit in Mr. Miller's hands are the people negotiating for the rights!! The Hollywood Reporter says that Miller will be using, "a darker take, with many of Miller's signature visual elements and themes, such as corruption and redemption." Visions of Twiki having someone's head stuck on his hand for half the movie are dancing though my head.


Frank ya have a lot of money. Any publisher in the world, not just funny book companies, will give you a blank cheque and let you do whatever the hell you want. You get away with writing the worst Batman lines in the almost 70 year history of the character in All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder...

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Please stop taking the attitude with properties that people have loved for decades and going with, "I am the Goddamn Frank Miller."

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