Here’s your uh-oh alert for today! The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Frank Miller is in negotiations with Samuel L. Jackson to play the role of the Octopus, the Spirit’s nemesis who wants to take over Central City (not to be confused with that other Central City).

Miller said during an introduction of the project at the Festival de Cannes that Jackson is his first choice to play the evil genius who knows the secrets behind the Spirit. He added that he is beginning to mull different actors to play the comic book hero.


Hmmm… While I like Samuel L. as an actor, I’m a little concerned about him playing the arch-nemesis. If they kept the villain in the shadows like Darwyn Cooke has been doing in the comic, then this could be genius, but knowing actors like to be seen, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Sam on screen.

What do you think?

via Hollywood Reporter

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  1. May 18, 2007 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    The whole point of the Octopus is that he stays in the shadows. NOBODY KNOWS WHO HE IS, we only see his trademark gloves with the lines on them.

    Is it too early to ask for my seven bucks back? I like to be proactive, after all…

  2. Brent F.
    May 18, 2007 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    The moment it was announced that Frank Miller would be writing and directing the Spirit movie I’ve had nausea, heart burn, upset stomach, and diarrhea.

  3. May 18, 2007 at 3:57 pm — Reply

    You forgot indigestion…

  4. Brent F.
    May 18, 2007 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    Oh, and indigestion.

  5. May 18, 2007 at 4:03 pm — Reply

    Thank you!

  6. May 18, 2007 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    There’s certainly not much reason to hire (and pay $$$$) a big name actor, but not show him.

    I love the Spirit, but am not a Frank Miller fan. He’s done some good stuff and he’s done some bad stuff. It will be great if it is done well, I’ll have to wait and judge whether FM has the talent to do it right. Unfortunately they will still have my $7 either way.

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