While Ben Wheatley has largely developed his own scripts alongside wife and writer Amy Jump, he has dabbled in adaptation before with High-Rise (2015), which starred Tom Hiddleston. If deals come together, Wheatley could be working on a movie based on comic book series Hard Boiled, and news arrives via Deadline that Hiddleston is being eyed as the likely star.
Warner Bros are currently deep in negotiations for the rights to the title, which was created by Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow. The series, which ran between 1990 and 1992, is set in a dystopian, near future Los Angeles where seemingly average insurance investigator Carl Seitz discovers that he is really Nixon, a homicidal cyborg tax collector – or is it Nixon discovering he is actually Carl? Either way, he becomes the last hope for an enslaved race of robots.
It certainly sounds like material Wheatley could bring something fresh to, but right now this is all still rumour and scuttlebutt as there are no finished deals in place as yet, and adaptations have been attempted before. Still, Wheatley and Hiddleston getting the gang back together? We would be happy to watch whatever they do.
In the meantime, Wheatley's next film, Free Fire, is out on 31 March.