Variety reports that comics creator Frank Miller has been chosen to adapt and direct The Spirit, a feature film based on the legendary strip by Will Eisner. It tells the story of a masked detective believed to be dead, who fights crime in the dark shadows of Central City, using a mausoleum as his base of operations.
'First I said I can't do this and then I said I can't let anybody else touch it,' Miller told Variety. '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.' He said his treatment consists largely of panels from The Spirit strip. The project was offered to various studios, but they wanted The Spirit in spandex, not a suit and tie.
This is not the comic book creator's first film project. Miller co-directed Sin City with Robert Rodriguez, adapting his own graphic novels. The pair are currently prepping Sin City 2, while a feature based on Miller's graphic novel 300 is being made by Warner Brothers for a Spring 2007 release.