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Encyclopedia > The Spirit (film)
This article or section contains information about one or more scheduled or expected films. The content may change dramatically as the film's release approaches and more information becomes available.
The Spirit
Directed by Frank Miller
Produced by Michael Uslan
Written by Frank Miller
(screenplay)
Will Eisner
(comic)
Starring Samuel L. Jackson
Gabriel Macht
Release date(s) TBA
Country  United States
Language English
IMDb profile

The Spirit is a live-action film adaptation in pre-production based on the 1940s newspaper strip The Spirit, created by Will Eisner. Frank Miller is attached to write and direct the film adaptation. Filming is slated to begin in late spring 2007. A release date has yet to be announced. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... Image File history File links Crystal_Clear_app_aktion. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... Michael Uslan is the originator of the Batman movies and was the first professor to teach Comic Book Folklore at an accredited university. ... William Erwin Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist and entrepreneur. ... Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor. ... Gabriel Macht (born January 22, 1972) is an American actor. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a feature film. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... For the religious or spiritual meaning of The Spirit, see Spirit. ... William Erwin Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist and entrepreneur. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ...

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Premise

Writer-director Frank Miller described the main character: Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ...

The character has a terrifying side to him. This is a man who’s died and come back to life. So it twists into fantasy. And of course there are tons of women in it. There have to be — it’s The Spirit. They’re all in love with him, and he’s in love with all of them. You might say he’s a bit of a slut.[1]

The film will not be an origin story, but will immediately start following the adventures of The Spirit.[2] The film will also be more contemporary than the '40s and '50s era of the strip and also aim for a "timeless feel". The protagonist will be involved in a love triangle with Sand Saref and Ellen Dolan, the daughter of Central City's Commissioner Dolan. The controversial character Ebony White will not make an appearance in the film.[3] Ebony White and the Spirit Ebony White is a fictional character from the comics series The Spirit, created by Will Eisner. ...


Production

In the early 1990s, producer Michael Uslan obtained the rights to Will Eisner's 1940s newspaper strip The Spirit for a live-action film adaptation. The producer promised Eisner that he would not permit anyone who "didn't get it" to work on the project. Two ideas pitched to Uslan were to put The Spirit in a costume and to have The Spirit really be a resurrected dead man that possessed superpowers.[4] In July 2004, financier Odd Lot Entertainment acquired the rights to the film. Odd Lot's producers Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Pete began a collaboration with Uslan, working at Batfilm Productions, to adapt the story. Eisner, who was protective of the rights to his creations, said that he believed in the producers to faithfully adapt The Spirit.[5] In April 2005, comic book writer Jeph Loeb was hired to adapt The Spirit for the big screen,[6] but the writer eventually left the project. Later in April, Uslan approached Frank Miller at Will Eisner's memorial service in New York several weeks after Miller's Sin City was released in theaters, interested in initiating the adaptation technique with Miller's film for The Spirit.[3] Miller had initially hesitated, doubting his skill in adapting The Spirit, but ultimately embraced his first solo project as writer-director.[4] In July 2006, Miller was officially confirmed to write and direct the film adaptation for The Spirit. Miller announced that he was putting together a film treatment that included large parts of The Spirit strip panels. Miller described the project, "I intend to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of the material, but it won't be nostalgic. It will be much scarier than people expect."[7] Miller plans to film The Spirit using the same digital background technology that was used for Sin City and 300.[8] The film would also copy specific shots from the comic, similar to Sin City.[2] The director also stated that he had an actor in mind for the lead role, but did not name him in fear of destroying the prospect.[8] Michael Uslan is the originator of the Batman movies and was the first professor to teach Comic Book Folklore at an accredited university. ... William Erwin Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist and entrepreneur. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... For the religious or spiritual meaning of The Spirit, see Spirit. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a feature film. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Joseph Jeph Loeb III (b. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... Sin City is a 2005 neo-noir anthology film written, produced and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. ... A treatment or more properly film treatment is a short piece of prose intended to be turned into a screenplay for a motion picture. ... 300 is a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller, and is a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae. ...


In February 2007, Miller completed the first draft of the screenplay, and began work on a second draft.[1] Principal photography is slated to begin in late spring 2007.[7] Miller also plans to begin filming Sin City 2 in late spring,[9] but Uslan indicated that filming for The Spirit will begin before Miller starts Sin City 2.[3] Sin City 2 is the announced sequel to the 2005 movie Sin City, which was based on Frank Millers comic book miniseries Sin City, which were later collected into bound graphic novels. ...


In May 2007, actor Samuel L. Jackson entered negotiations to portray the Octopus, a supervillain who fights The Spirit. Jackson was Miller's first choice for the role. Miller said that he had begun considering different actors to portray The Spirit himself.[10] Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor. ...


On August 2, 2007, it was announced that Bronx-Born actor Gabriel Macht had been cast as The Spirit. Lionsgate prexy of film production Mike Paseornek said, "We think Gabriel has a devilishly charming quality, and the dry wit that embodies the Spirit, and we wanted to do this with someone who can embody this character for the next few years, because we anticipate we'll be making more than one Spirit movie." [11] Gabriel Macht (born January 22, 1972) is an American actor. ...


Promotion

At the New York Comic-Con on February 24, 2007, director/writer Frank Miller and producer Michael Uslan was scheduled to present a panel for The Spirit,[12] though Miller was unable to attend due to recuperation from hip and leg injuries.[1] Instead, Uslan, fellow producer F.J. DeSanto, and former The Spirit publisher Denis Kitchen presented a panel at which they described the history of the film and the film's progress.[3] To meet Wikipedias quality standards and conform with our NPOV policy, this article or section may require cleanup. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... Michael Uslan is the originator of the Batman movies and was the first professor to teach Comic Book Folklore at an accredited university. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c Nisha Gopalan. "With NY Comic Con kicking off, it's (Frank) Miller time", Entertainment Weekly, 2007-02-23. Retrieved on 2007-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b Chris Carle. "NYCC 07: The Spirit", IGN, 2007-02-24. Retrieved on 2007-02-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d Edward Douglas. "The Spirit Panel at NY Comic-Con '07", SuperHeroHype.com, 2007-02-25. Retrieved on 2007-02-26. 
  4. ^ a b Justin Jordan. "NYCC, XTRA: "WILL EISNER’S THE SPIRIT" PANEL", Comic Book Resources, 2007-02-25. Retrieved on 2007-02-26. 
  5. ^ Michael Fleming. "Odd Lot, Batfilm join forces for 'Spirit'", Variety, 2004-07-22. Retrieved on 2007-02-13. 
  6. ^ Ian Mohr. "Loeb will get into 'The Spirit'", Variety, 2005-04-05. Retrieved on 2007-02-13. 
  7. ^ a b Pamela McClintock, Ben Fritz. "Odd job for Miller", Variety, 2006-07-18. Retrieved on 2007-02-13. 
  8. ^ a b Eric Moro. "Exclusive: Frank Miller Talks The Spirit", IGN, 2006-11-09. Retrieved on 2007-02-13. 
  9. ^ Ian Spelling. "Miller: Sin 2 Is Ready To Go", Sci Fi Wire, 2007-02-23. Retrieved on 2007-02-26. 
  10. ^ Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit. "Miller sees Jackson as evil 'Spirit'", The Hollywood Reporter, 2007-05-18. Retrieved on 2007-05-18. 
  11. ^ Michael Fleming, Diane Garrett. "Gabriel Macht to star in ‘Spirit’: Sony picks up rights to comicbook adaptation", Variety.com, 2007-08-02. Retrieved on 2007-08-03. 
  12. ^ "NYCC ANNOUNCES MORE SPECIAL GUESTS; IMPORTANT DEADLINES", Comic Book Resources, 2007-01-29. Retrieved on 2007-02-13. 

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