Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire doesn’t hit theatres until March, but he already has plenty of potential follow-ups in various stages of development including a proposed remake of The Wages of Fear plus several other long-gestating projects including a horror movie called Freakshift, a dark comedy called I, Macrobane, and an HBO series called Silk Road. Now it looks like we’ve got one more to add to the pile and it could find him reteaming with High Rise star Tom Hiddleston. Wheatley is reportedly finalizing a deal to adapt Frank Miller and Geof Darrow’s three-issue comic book series Hard Boiled for Warner Brothers. The plot synopsis for the series is as follows:
“Carl Seltz is a suburban insurance investigator, a loving husband, and devoted father. Nixon is a berserk, homicidal tax collector racking up mind-boggling body counts in a diseased urban slaughterhouse. Unit Four is the ultimate robot killing machine – and the last hope of the future’s enslaved mechanical servants. And they’re all the same psychotic entity.”
The movie will be a co-production between Solipsist Films (Sin City) and Hollywood Gang (300) with Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Bernie Goldmann (The Last Witch Hunter) and Gianni Nunnari (The Departed, From Dusk Till Dawn) all on board as producers. We can only assume it will be R-rated, but it’s still too early to say for sure. At this point it seems like Ben Wheatley is overdue for his major breakout hit, so if it doesn’t happen with Free Fire then perhaps this will be the movie that puts him through to the mainstream. Do you think Hard Boiled could be a great movie and is Ben Wheatley the right man to make it happen?