Robert Rodriguez is getting ready his double-feature Grindhouse, which he shot half of and Quentin Tarantino shot the other half, for release through Dimension Films next year, but now he is ready to produce a feature film adaptation of Michael Allred’s comicbook “Madman” into a live-action film along with co-producer Elizabeth Avellan for Dimension. George Huang is aboard to direct for Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios.
“George has always had a really great grasp of the books, and Michael is just about the coolest guy you’ll ever meet,” Rodriguez told Variety. “His Madman comics are nothing short of visionary.”
“Madman” is a post-modernist reimagining of the Frankenstein tale, with a superhero twist. Title character, killed in a car accident, is reanimated by an eccentric doc who names him Frank Einstein and instills in him enhanced senses, psychic power and exceptional physical skills. The doc can’t fix his creature’s face, so Madman wears a costume modeled after his fave superhero to hide his scars.
Madman will mark George Huang’s first feature film in 10 years. Rodriguez and Tarantino’s Grindhouse hits theaters April 2007.