Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to star as a mysterious supervillain in The Spirit, the graphic novel adaptation to be directed by Frank Miller for Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment.
The story centers on Denny Colt, an ambitious young cop murdered in the line of duty who under mysterious circumstances is reborn as the masked mystery man known as the Spirit.
Jackson would play the Spirit’s nemesis, the Octopus, a meek lab assistant who reinvents himself as a psychotic nightmare that kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face. The Octopus’ tentacles reach into every aspect of crime in fictitious Central City, a city he plans to wipe out.
Miller, one of the world’s most renowned graphic artists, wrote the screenplay, which is based on the comic book series created by the late Will Eisner. The film will mark the first solo directing project for Miller, who co-helmed 2005’s Sin City with Robert Rodriguez.
Batfilm’s Michael Uslan is producing alongside Odd Lot’s Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker.