Monday, May 17, 2010

Hamill Directing "The Black Pearl"

Actor Mark Hamill ("Star Wars") will direct an adaptation of the comic book "The Black Pearl", from a screenplay by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson.

"At first glance it's a drama, but it has dark humor", said "Black Pearl" creator Hamill, who is going for an 'R' rating with his movie take of the "dark, edgy thriller".

"My two co-writers wrote a David O. Russell film for Paramount, and now they're very hot. So there are people who are willing to give us $30 million to make the movie. But if we took that deal, I wouldn't get to direct.

"If you go over about $8 million, you have to start getting foreign sales before you start shooting. But if you stay in the $5-to-$7 million range, you don't have to do presales and you can maintain much more creative control."

Published by Dark Horse Comics in 1996, the five-issue series was co-written by Hamill and Eric Johnson, illustrated by H. M. Baker and inked by Bruce Patterson/Dan Schaeffer.

Premise follows 'Luther Drake', a troubled man who becomes a costumed vigilante 'hero' by accident and media pressure.

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