EXCLUSIVE: Tim Miller has been set by Legendary Pictures to direct Gravel, a live action adaptation of the Warren Ellis comic book series. Legendary will produce the project with Rick Alexander, with Ellis as executive producer and Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell are writing the script.
Published by Avatar Press, Gravel revolves around the character William Gravel, a soldier in the British S.A.S. who uses his skills in dark magic to moonlight and battle supernatural beings for clients in order to make some extra cash. Miller last year was hired by Fox to direct X-Men Origins: Deadpool, the spinoff film that is in development and based on the character that Safe House star Ryan Reynolds played in Wolverine.
Miller is the co-founder and owner of Blur Studio, a CG animation studio known for its video game cinematics. Miller directs many of those, most recently including the unforgettable title sequence in the David Fincher-directed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Gravel will be released by Warner Bros through Legendary’s overall agreement with the studio. Miller’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
While Legendary recently scrapped Paradise Lost, the producer/financier is plenty busy. Legendary’s currently in production on the Jeff Bridges-starrer Seventh Son, and the Brian Helgeland-directed Jackie Robinson biopic 42, with Harrison Ford playing Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman playing Robinson as the two broke baseball’s color barrier. Production is well underway on the Guillermo del Toro-directed Pacific Rim, and Legendary and Warner Bros have wrapped the Bryan Singer-directed Jack the Giant Killer, the Chris Nolan-directed The Dark Knight Rises, and the Superman reboot Man of Steel. The Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans bows March 30.
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