May 2007 Archives Miller on The Spirit movie

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Entertainment Weekly gives Frank Miller the quick Q&A treatment about Sin City, 300 and The Spirit:

"... it's definitely going to be a digital movie with live action. But the source material is going to set the visual tone of it. In terms of the effects, I have no doubt there will be innovation because all these brilliant people are waiting for problems to solve. This is an astonishing period of transition, and I'm really as happy, as you could imagine, to be a player at this time, creating this hybrid kind of film. My goal will be to make it look more like Fritz Lang than Star Wars."
Read the full Q & A here.

The Hollywood Reporter's daily video report from Cannes has a video interview with Frank Miller about The Spirit movie.
See the online video here.

The Spirit #9 solicitation for August

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The Spirit #9Written by Darwyn Cooke; Art by Cooke and J. Bone; Cover by Cooke

The bizarre story of The Spirit's most fearsome new foe, El Morte! The gangs in Central City are being ritualistically destroyed, and now the killer is targeting The Spirit. All the clues point to Alvarro Mortez, the criminal who died with Denny Colt on that fateful night The Spirit came to be. Is he dead or alive?

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

On Sale August 22, 2007

The Hollywood Reporter's Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit report from Cannes that Frank Miller has Samuel L. Jackson in mind to play The Spirit's nemesis The Octopus in the Miller-helmed feature film:

Miller said during an introduction of the project at the Festival de Cannes that Jackson is his first choice to play the evil genius who knows the secrets behind the Spirit. He added that he is beginning to mull different actors to play the comic book hero.
Read the full article here.
Source: Bob Andelman's A Spirited Life Blog

Anne Thompson on her Thompson on Hollywood blog writes while Cannes party-hopping:

I flitted through Odd Lot Entertainment and Lionsgate's Carlton Cote party to celebrate Frank Miller's directing debut on his film adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit. I had chatted with Miller Wednesday night at the Grand after I finished my Michael Moore column. He's in good fettle (what's not to like?) post-300 and was eager to get to work on The Spirit. He's going to find a happy medium between the style of 300 and Sin City, he said, black and white with color for emotion. There will be Red. He's designing a very 40s world. And he has some great casting ideas for the women of the piece, and is hoping to convince Bob Hoskins to get on board. The Spirit will be an unknown. Like the comic book artist he is, Miller plans to storyboard and plan very carefully--and will call his Sin City co-director Bob Rodriguez for answers if need be.

Source: Bob Andelman's A Spirited Life Blog

Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, announced today that it has secured domestic and U.K. distribution rights to the live action comic book adaptation 'The Spirit', directed and written by 'Sin City' and '300' creator Frank Miller and based on the classic series by comic master Will Eisner. Lionsgate will partner on the project with Odd Lot Entertainment, which is producing and co-financing, and Batfilm Productions, which is producing. Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete ('The Wedding Planner', the upcoming 'Suburban Girl') are producing for Odd Lot; Lionsgate’s Mike Paseornek, President of Film Production, is producing for Lionsgate; and Michael Uslan ('Batman Begins', 'Constantine') is producing for Batfilm. Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker and Steve Maier are executive producers, and Odd Lot’s Linda McDonough and Batfilm’s F.J. DeSanto are co-producers. The announcement was jointly made today by Lionsgate President of Theatrical Films Tom Ortenberg, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Peter Block, and Paseornek.
Read the full press release here.

Review: Cooke's The Spirit 1-4

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Steve Flanagan's 'Gad, Sir! Comics!' blog takes a look at the first four issues of the new Spirit series by the erstwhile Darwyn Cooke:

Darwyn Cooke’s revived version of The Spirit is an expertly crafted series of light adventure stories, mixing humour, thrills and quirky characterisation. Its writing is surefooted, amusing and well-paced, and its artwork serves the stories perfectly: technically competent, expressive and smoothly-flowing. More comics should be like this.
Read the full reviews here.

Everything new is old again... ?

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Steve Flanagan's 'Gad, Sir! Comics!' blog raises an interesting comparison between the 'old' Ebony White and a new Darwyn Cooke-created Spirit cast member...
Read his thoughts here.

On his blog, 'Comics Oughta Be Fun!', Bully digs up a "canny" link between a classic Eisner splash page and issue five of the new DC Comics The Spirit series by Darwyn Cooke. See for yourself!'s Jeffrey Renaud talks to Darwyn Cooke about the new Spirit series five issues in:

“It's inevitable when you tackle something as venerable as The Spirit. The most rewarding responses have come from the younger readers who haven't seen much of the original strip but are enjoying the book all the same. Our real mission here is to introduce Will's great characters to a new audience."
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... this time at Jeff Vandermeer's 'ComicBookSlut' column at

Then imagine it all being over and one of your fellow judges, in this particular case, Chris Reilly, basically succumbing to Eisner fatigue moments after Jackie Estrada has said, “No, no one’s ever had a medical emergency during judging.” Chris’s finger pointed to the ceiling, arm rigid, strange cry, eyes rolling back, caught by fellow judge James Sime as he fell. A squadron of doctors in the pub calmly coming to his aid and, after being rushed to the hospital late on the last night, waiting in a David Lynch emergency room with puke green 1970s chairs and Steven Seagal interrogating someone on the TV using extreme surgery.
Read the full article here.'s Brian Warmoth discusses "why A Contract With God seismically altered more than comics":

What comics did for Eisner, however, and where the importance of his landmark graphic novel A Contract With God lies in Eisner’s personal history, his body of work and the history of comics, sculpt the centerpiece of this hugely personal and important look at the life of Will Eisner.
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Variety's Alissa Simon takes a look at the Eisner documentary:

Among the more interesting detours: a discussion of the way American comics and popular culture were shaped by East European Jewish sensibilities, fantasies and rhythms, and a consideration of Ebony, the Spirit's sidekick...
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2007 Eisner Awards: Judges interview

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In an interesting discussion on the behind-the-scenes judging process, this year's Eisner Awards judging committee — comics writer Chris Reilly, pop culture blogger Whitney Matheson (USA Today), fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer, retailer James Sime (Isotope, San Francisco), and librarian Robin Brenner ( — were interviewed by Steve Ahlquist for The Pulse comics news site.
Read the interview here.

On Eisner's 'P*S Magazine'...

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A great post on cartoonist Mike Lynch's blog about Will Eisner's tenure on P*S Magazine for the U.S. Army. The post also features some great cover scans from Lynch's collection.
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IGNs Scott Collura takes a look at the new Eisner documentary:

Portrait takes a more or less linear approach to detailing Eisner's life, beginning with the tale of how his father was an apprentice painter in Europe who eventually wound up in New York. The old man would impart his talent on to his son, of course, though Eisner's mother wanted her boy to go into a trade where he could make money. As the film points out, Eisner would manage to balance those two impulses quite handily during the course of his career.
Read the full article here.

Variety on 'The Spirit' movie

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Dave McNary previews the Cannes Film Festival and it looks like the big winner will be anything with Frank Miller's name attached... like The Spirit feature film.
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Jon B. Cooke sent a note along to remind folks about the final Tribeca screening of the documentary on Sunday, May 6. It's at 11:30 a.m. at AMC Village VII, 66 Third Ave. (at 11th St.) in New York City. If you're in the area and haven't seen it yet, this is your last chance! Tickets are available by visiting

Bob Andelman's A Spirited Life blog has a short review of the documentary, written by Eisner SVA alumni Brian Postman:

Watching this movie really open up the floodgates of my memories of the late 1970s and working with him as a teacher. He was definitely tough, but he tried to instill in us to try and go beyond comic books, and tell stories that were more than just superheroes punching each other!
Read more here.

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