Tim Miller is going to direct a feature adaptation of Warren Ellis’ Gravel for Legendary Pictures. Miller is best known for his animation, but this will be a live action film.
Miller’s animation studio Blur specializes in video game cinematics, but has also reached over into features, most recently with the title sequence for David Fincher’s remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It will be interesting to see how his style translates to the “real” world.
What is Gravel? I’ll let the publisher Avatar Press tell you:
“Magic… the kind of magic that can strip the skin from a screaming man’s skull, or direct the path of a shrieking bullet through a maze of city streets. This is not just magic. This is Combat Magic. Sergeant Major William Gravel, Warren Ellis’ cult-hit sensation from the pages of STRANGE KISS and STRANGE KILLINGS, is a Combat Magician and an S.A.S. soldier. Home from wartorn Afghanistan to London, he just wants to relax and have a pint. Instead, he finds that another has taken his place in the mysterious enclave of Britain’s seven Occult Detectives, each of which now holds a scrap of the Sigsand Manuscript, a supernatural device that could bestow its wielders with vile and terrifying power. So the pint will have to wait… a few people need killing first.”
This isn’t Miller’s first attempt at directing a live action film. He was supposed to direct the Deadpool film starring Ryan Reynolds last year, but it never happened. I hope he has better luck with Gravel. The story sounds pretty bad ass and should make for an exciting film, if handled correctly.
Hey Gravel fans, who is your ideal actor for the lead role?