Warner Bros recently acquired the rights to a quirky little ’90’s comic called Hard Boiled. Rumours suggest they are in talks with Ben Wheatley to direct and Tom Hiddleston to star.
Hard Boiled, a 3-issue series was written by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow and published by Dark Horse Comics. It’s the story of Nixon, who works as a tax collector. Nixon is injured in a violent altercation doing his job and after extensive surgery, wakes up. However when wakes up, he is Carl Seltz – insurance investigator for the Benevolent Assurance Corporation, with a wife, two children, a dog, and really boring life – who just had a bad dream.
He is fact now a killer cyborg waiting to lead a robot revolution.
Wheatley and Hiddleston teamed up last year for the beautiful chaos of High Rise, which received huge acclaim at the BFI London Film Festival. High Rise was based on JG Ballard’s novel of the same name.
Wheatley has directed such films as Kill List, A Field in England and soon to be released Free Fire as well as several episodes of Doctor Who. As with High Rise, it is thought that Wheatley and partner Amy Jump will adapt the story into the screenplay.
As for Hiddleston, this would give him another action-movie role. He recently wrapped up filming on Thor: Ragnorok reprising his role of Loki. He will also be seen on screen in soon in the action-adventure Kong; Skull Island. Hiddleston is also busy working on an Aardman production, Early Man co starring with Eddie Redmayne.
It is also hoped that Darrow himself might be brought on to the team, given his work on the Matrix movies, but we need to wait for more information from Warner Bros.
As yet there are no further details on when production will start or expected release dates, but as soon as we hear we will let you know.