Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Behind the 'Spirit' mask, a substantial career for actor Gabriel Macht (New York Daily News)

HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 17:  (L-R) Actor Samuel L...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

BY ETHAN SACKS
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

December 19th 2008, 4:00 AM

Gabriel Macht as the title character in the comic book-inspired film 'The Spirit,' opening Friday.

Who was that masked man?

The star of "The Spirit," opening Friday, may not be as recognizable – with or without the mask – as castmates Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes, but the strong-jawed Gabriel Macht is ready for his closeup.

To get in the head of a character grappling with identity issues even as he wrestled with the bad guys, Macht plastered every inch of his trailer with storyboards and Xeroxes of the 1940s comic strips by Will Eisner that the movie was based on.

"His trailer was full of Spirit-phanelia," marveled Jackson. "He was dealing with his identity crisis all the time."

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Scarlett Johansson and company get The Spirit (National Post)

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By Bob Thompson

National Post

December 13, 2008


Scarlett Johansson, left, and Eva Mendes, will star in Frank Miller's the Spirit.Tobias Schwarz/ReutersScarlett Johansson, left, and Eva Mendes, will star in Frank Miller's the Spirit.

If you can't wait to catch The Spirit. You are not alone. For those who might not know, The Spirit is the Frank Miller live-action film version of the classic 1940s Will Eisner newspaper strip and subsequent comic book series.

Opening on Dec. 25, the movie arrives with lots of anticipation and a question; as in can Miller translate the 1940s noir images onto the big screen? At least Miller gets The Spirit. He was an Eisner friend. And his resume suits the challenge. Plus his intention to shoot the movie in the fancy Sin City CGI style made sense to just about everybody.

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Comic-book fans bring out 'Spirit' (USA Today)

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If you ask nicely, resident movie mean guy Samuel L. Jackson will tick off a laundry list of comic books he loved as a kid, and sometimes, still reads.

"Superman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Silver Surfer, you know, the ordinary," said the actor, who stars in the upcoming The Spirit, which premiered Wednesday night..

Opening Christmas Day, it stars Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Scarlett Johansson and Gabriel Macht. Jackson plays his nemesis, The Octopus.

"It's pure boy stuff," Jackson said of comic-based films. "Guys like to chase each other and hit each other over the head."

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Modern Noir of THE SPIRIT (Mania.com)

By Rob M. Worley
December 18, 2008

When 'The Spirit' arrives in theaters on December 25th, moviegoers will be invited into a world that comics-auteur turned filmmaker Frank Miller calls "modern noir." It's a Chandleresque place the evokes Hollywood's tough guys of old, but still holds the modern conveniences of the present day.

This is the cinematic realization of Will Eisner's Central City.

"I’m pretty much an encyclopedia of film noir," Miller told reporters at a recent press gathering for the film.

Actor Dan Lauria, who plays Commissioner Dolan in the film, is also a student of the genre and made it his mission to test Millers' acumen.

"I’m a thief. I mean, whenever I do anything I rob from an old actor that nobody remembers," Lauria admitted. "So, I told Frank the last play I did I was doing Richard Conte. Nobody knew who he was. So he said, 'Who are you doing in this movie?' And I said, 'Ah, you wouldn’t know him' and he said, 'No, try me out.' and I says 'Bart MacLane'.

"He listed every Bart MacLane movie. I couldn’t do one bit without him telling me what movie I’d stolen from."

"Frank actually told me you were doing Dane Clark," Gabriel Macht, who plays Denny Colt, a.k.a. The Spirt, chimes in. However, the leading man agrees that the modern noir vibe helped shape his performance.

"I think tone is really important and I think this film is a great blend of what Eisner and Frank was able to create," said Macht. "There is a bit of the Raymond Chandler gumshoe detective. I think if you are not honest in your approach to the material it could get slapsticky and it could get schticky. We didn’t go there. I think, what’s up there on the screen, what we were able to get is a little bit more extreme in the sense that it’s a comic book movie."

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Johansson und Mendes stellen neuen Film vor (Welt Online)

Berlin (dpa/bb) - Zur Abwechslung mal ganz brav: Adrett und hochgeschlossen zeigten sich am Montag die US-Schauspielerinnen Scarlett Johansson (24) und Eva Mendes (34) bei der Vorstellung ihres neuen Films in Berlin. Dabei spielen die beiden Frauen in der Comic- Verfilmung «The Spirit» des amerikanischen Zeichners Will Eisner sehr erotische Rollen. Der Streifen von Regisseur Frank Miller («Sin City») erzählt die Geschichte eines jungen Polizisten (Gabriel Macht), der auf mysteriöse Weise vom Tod ins Leben zurückkehrt, um als «Spirit» (Geist) das Verbrechen in seiner Stadt Central City zu bekämpfen. Filmstart ist am 29. Januar.

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Frank Miller & Cast Get into Spirit of 'The Spirit' (Newsarama.com)

HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 17:  (L-R) Actor Samuel L...Image by Getty Images via DaylifeBy Lucas Siegel
17 December 2008

The NYC-inspired "Central City" is character in of-itself in comic book legend Will Eisner's seminal work The Spirit. So perhaps it was appropriate that when it was time for cast and crew to gather for a press event promoting Frank Miller's solo-directorial debut big screen adaptation of the comic book, they descended on New York City, rather than the more suburban metropolis that is Hollywood.

Present at the weekend press conference was Miller, along with star Gabriel Macht [The Spirit], Eva Mendes [Sand Saref], Scarlett Johansson [Silken Floss], Samuel L. Jackson [The Octopus], Dan Lauria, [Commissioner Dolan], and Sarah Paulson [Ellen Dolan]. The stars took their seats, and the questions began.

Question: Gabriel, this seems to be your big breakthrough, can you talk about your experience playing The Spirit? And Scarlett, how did you come into this role?

Gabriel Macht: My name is Gabriel Macht, I play El Spirito [laughs]. In many ways, any part you get as an actor has the potential for breaking through, and I feel like I’ve done a bunch of those in my career, but honestly this one happens to have the biggest potential because I’m involved with Frank’s vision of the film. There’s no greater opportunity for a younger actor than to play The Spirit, and I had the best time working on the film, so hopefully people come and see it and we can make a couple more!

Scarlett Johansson: I’m Scarlett Johansson, and I play Silken Floss...

Frank Miller: [interrupts] Doesn’t she make that sound great? [laughter from the audience]

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Entertainment Tonight Video: The Spirit Stars Interviewed at Red Carpet Premiere












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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Q&A: The Spirit's Macht (SciFi.com)

Cover of Cover via AmazonDecember 12, 2008

Q&A: The Spirit's Macht

The Spirit's Gabriel Macht isn't a comic-book hero; he just plays one in the movies.

In fact, Macht--who stars as Denny Colt/The Spirit, the dead rookie cop turn masked crimefighter, in Frank Miller's upcoming big-screen adaptation of the Will Eisner comic book--was entirely unfamiliar with the story, its history or Eisner when the film came up.

In an exclusive interview with SCI FI Wire, Macht revealed that his agents introduced him to the material, that Miller didn't want him to rely too much on the book The Best of The Spirit and that dealing with green screens didn't leave him the slightest bit blue. Following are edited excerpts of the interview with Macht; look for part two of this Q&A on Monday.

Did you know thing one about The Spirit before this project arrived on your doorstep?

Macht: No. I was told about the film from my agents. They said, "Frank Miller is doing a comic-book film from an adaptation of an insert in the newspapers from the '40s called Will Eisner's The Spirit." So I read the sides [script pages], and I jumped online and on Wikipedia and I looked up Will Eisner's The Spirit. And I found the old version of it. And then I saw Frank Miller's drawing. I think it was first presented at Comic-Con in 2007, and it was a very violent-looking, tough-guy Spirit. When I went into the audition I said to Frank, "I saw the poster that you drew, and I thought, 'I look like that guy. Why not come in?'" The guy looks nothing like me! Frank's drawing looks nothing like me. But I was not familiar with the comic. I was not familiar with Will Eisner, but as soon as I did my research I found that he is a legend in the world of comic books and graphic novels, and I think it was he who invented the term "graphic novel." He was one of the great innovators of the genre.

How much did Frank Miller want you to immerse yourself in the Eisner universe? Or did he ask you to go by his script?

Macht: When I finally got the job, there was some time between sitting down with Frank and traveling to Albuquerque to shoot on the soundstages out there. In that time I went out and bought The Best of the Spirit, which has the color versions of the old comics. When I came to visit with Frank, he said, "So, what have you done?" And I said, "Well, I've immersed myself in The Best of ... " He goes, "No, no, no, no. I'm not a fan of the coloring that they did for those comics. Let me give you my picks." So he gave me a massive binder of his favorite Will Eisner work, but all in black and white. He did absolutely want me to familiarize myself with Will Eisner's vision of Central City, of Denny, of the femme fatales. I looked pages and pages, and when I got to set on my first day, I ended up taking all of the comics, and I had a bunch of Frank's storyboards of the film, and I pasted them all over my trailer. You couldn't see one piece of fake wood in my trailer. It was all Will Eisner and Frank Miller drawings. So I really tried to absorb as much as I could from Eisner's take to influence the work that we created together, Frank and I.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Getting into THE SPIRIT - A Mania Exclusive interview with Gabriel Macht

Picture I took of {{w|Gabriel Macht}} at a que...Gabriel Macht image via Wikipedia

By: Rob Vaux

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gabriel Macht has been active in film, theater, and television for most of the last decade, starting with a role on the original Beverly Hills 90210. He has since been seen in such films as Behind Enemy Lines, The Recruit, A Love Song for Bobby Long, and The Good Shepherd. It took Frank Miller to give him a starring part, however: he's slated to appear as resurrected cop Denny Colt in Will Eisner's The Spirit, due for release Christmas Day. In an exclusive interview with Mania.com, Macht talked about stepping into the character's shoes, as well as working with Miller and meeting the expectations of a new generation of comic book films.

Question: How did you get involved with the project? Were you a big comics fan going in?

Gabriel Macht: I wasn't a crazy comic book fan, but I was a big fan of comic book movies. My agent sent me into this audition without saying much about it. It was only when I got in there that I found out it was for Frank Miller. My interest level jumped up by about a factor of 10. I had loved the Sin City movie and the 300 movie both, and suddenly here's the guy who created them introducing himself to me. I think every actor wants to work for someone with a vision, and Frank's is one of the strongest I've ever seen. I jumped on the Will Eisner stuff once I got the part, but in the early stages, what we had were Frank's storyboards for the film. And they were so clear and so beautiful and gave such a tremendous impression of where he wanted to go with this movie. We established a great chemistry right away--almost as soon as I read for it--and while the auditioning process was fairly long, I would get more and more excited about it with each step I took.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Review - 30 minutes of Frank Miller's The Spirit (DenOfGeek.com)

Fotos del rodaje de The SpiritImage by yotambientengosuperpoderes via Flickr

By Michael Leader

We've been to see some new footage from January's new comic-movie release...

Frank Miller's directorial debut, The Spirit, has been attracting a lot of fanboy rage and geek disdain. Adapted from the weekly newspaper comic by industry innovator Will Eisner, it is set to be the most divisive comic book movie of the year, putting a cap on what has been a superlative 12 months for heroes (super or otherwise) on the silver screen.

I just had the opportunity to see a preview clip-reel of the film, which consisted of short, less-than-5-minute segments, punctuated by introductory and explanatory sections from Deborah DelPrete, one of the producers. I'll save my overflowing emotions for later, let me give you the long and short of what we were allowed to see, in stylish prose.

Clip 1. Opening scene, plus credits. The Spirit (Gabriel Macht) gets a call (on his cell phone!) from Detective Sussman, telling him to get down to the docks. As the opening credits flash across the screen, The Spirit embarks: first through the cemetery, then atop apartment blocks - a black silhouette, with a red tie standing out in the night-time dark. A lone harmonica plays, building up to a full-blown rousing strings theme straight out of the Danny Elfman superhero theme text book. As he jumps from roof to roof, The Spirit speaks to his city through a voice-over - 'my city... she's there for me... my sweetheart... my play-thing'. He detours, after hearing a scream, and makes short work of the two goons holding up a dame in an alleyway. As he bids the girl farewell, she gasps at the sight of a knife in his back, and at the dismissive way he tugs it out and discards it. 'What are you?' she whispers; The Spirit looks confused, contemplative, and leaves without an answer. A cop sidles up to her, 'that's The Spirit'.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

A Slew of Fresh Photos From 'The Spirit' Unraveled (AceShowBiz.com)

One of more than two dozen new photos from The Spirit movie just posted on AceShowBiz.com.




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Friday, November 07, 2008

Bemoaning The Spirit (Film Threat.com)

A classic Eisner cover for The Spirit, Oct. 6,...Image via Wikipediaby Mike Watt
Writer's Corner
Oct. 20, 2008 3:33 PM PDT

While some in my family and all of my friends insist that I’ve already raised enough of a ruckus, I just can’t keep quiet about The Spirit movie any longer. Having been subjected to the new trailer in theaters twice now, I really have to voice my concern: in the hands of uber-ego Frank Miller, Will Eisner’s groundbreaking and inspiring character has been rendered parody. This isn’t a simple matter of artistic license or Hollywood insensitivity. This movie is shaping up to be nothing short of heresy.

Granted, I am judging this movie solely by the trailer and the two previous teasers that had already burned a hole in my gut. Perhaps it’s unfair to level criticism this early. But what are trailers for, anymore, but giving the audience a capsulated synopsis of an entire movie? Therefore, judging solely by the trailer, the movie’s title is an egregious irony—there is nothing about The Spirit movie to suggest that it has maintained “the spirit” of The Spirit.

Obviously, it’s no co-incidence that it took until the first full-length trailer for creator Will Eisner’s name to even be mentioned in connection with this Sin City-celebratory train wreck. I could easily see Will posthumously wanting his name removed from this movie.

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Friday, October 03, 2008

The 10 Remaining Must-See Movies of 2008 (Film School Rejects)

The SpiritImage by Strandell via Flickr9. The Spirit (December 25)

This list is about “must see” movies, not necessarily “sure to be great” movies. Sure, Frank Miller’s adaptation of the classic Will Eisner comic may have all the makings of a massive, bloody, CNN headline-grabbing train wreck — but like all great train wrecks and epic disasters in history, there is the distinct possibility that we won’t be able to look away.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Frank Miller, Don't Read This, Part 13 (Wizard)

UP CLOSE: GABRIEL MACHT
'The Spirit' star speaks of honoring Eisner and getting punchy with Frank Miller

By Jake Rossen
Posted 9/19/2008
Wizard Magazine

Like the titular character in his upcoming "The Spirit," Gabriel Macht has been a bit of an ethereal presence in recent years: The 36-year-old actor has appeared in a string of films, some noteworthy ("The Good Shepherd"), some not ("Grand Theft Parsons").

If the track record of comic-to-film adaptations is any indication, that semi-anonymity is about to be blown to bits with the Christmas Day release of Frank Miller's first solo directing effort, "The Spirit," based on Will Eisner's iconic creation. Macht dished on playing the undead Denny Colt, the parade of femme fatales and a peculiar way of decorating his set trailer.

WIZARD: "The Spirit" co-stars Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Paulson and Eva Mendes, among other knockouts. Some people might think your job was to hang out with beautiful women all day. Tell me if I'm over-simplifying things.
MACHT: Of course, it was a lot of fun. All the girls were lovely. Eva would come in for two and a half or three weeks, and then Sarah would come in for a week or two, [and then] Scarlett would come in for a little bit. It was nice to have a variety of great actresses to work with.

Did Miller advise you to go and read some Eisner, or were you already a fan?
I actually didn't know about the Spirit until the audition. I bought the "best of" Spirit collections. When I got to set, Frank said, "Listen, I don't want you to look at those. I'm not crazy about the coloring." He wasn't a fan. He liked the black and white. So he gave me his best picks, and I read through all of those Spirit comics and put them up in my trailer. You couldn't see any wall. It was all comics.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Gabriel Macht poster for Frank Miller's Will Eisner's "The Spirit" Movie

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Reelz Channels Presents Interviews with "The Spirit" Movie Folks



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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

'Spirit' moves up release to Dec. 25! (Hollywood Reporter)

Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson star in the film



By Carolyn Giardina

May 6, 2008, 10:52 PM

Hollywood Reporter


Lionsgate has moved up the nationwide release of its comic adaptation "The Spirit" -- written and directed by Frank Miller -- to Dec. 25.

The film, based on the comic book series created by the late Will Eisner, was originally slated to open Jan. 16, 2009.

Also slated to open on Dec. 25 are Disney's "Bedtime Stories" and Fox 2000 Pictures' "Marley & Me."

Of the move, Lionsgate president of theatrical films Tom Ortenberg said: "Comic-Con fans (in New York in March) resoundingly confirmed what we felt in our bones about 'The Spirit': this is a great film and an irresistible piece of entertainment. ... For all of us, it was an easy decision."

"The Spirit" stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Stana Katic, Dan Lauria, Jaime King, Paz Vega and Louis Lombardi. Odd Lot Entertainment and Lionsgate are production partners.

International release dates have not yet been announced. Sony Pictures Releasing International is handling distribution in many European territories and Latin America. Odd Lot International is distributing to the rest of the world, except for the U.K. and Australia, where the film is being released by Lionsgate.











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Monday, April 21, 2008

Entertainment Weekly on Frank Miller and The Spirit Movie

The Spirit: With help from moderator Kurt Loder (yes, MTV’s Kurt Loder!) and flirty star Eva Mendes, comics creator-turned-screenwriter/director Frank Miller (pictured, with Mendes) debuted a Sin City-kissed teaser-trailer about the lady-lovin’ vigilante who fights crime in Central City; sincerely emphasized the impact his friend and Spirit creator Will Eisner has had on his work; then offered this nugget when asked why he cast the not-so-well-known Gabriel Macht as the title character: ''Holllywood has produced many male actors, however very few men.'' -- from Entertainment Weekly











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Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Spirit Movie Trailer!!! (MTV.com)


So what do you think? The trailer, not surprisingly, looks quite stylish - a lot like Frank Miller's Sin City, but distinctive nonetheless. But what do you think of the brief interview with Frank Miller that follows it? Why is he dressed as The Spirit? Bright red tie, hat, shirt sleeves pushed up - shouldn't actor Gabriel Macht, who plays The Spirit/Denny Colt, be out there in the costume?

And how about Eva Mendes?

Love to get your comments here!

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Raging Debate Over Frank Miller's "Interpretation" of Will Eisner's The Spirit


We hear a lot of whispering about Frank Miller's upcoming cinematic take on Will Eisner's "The Spirit." And with the first trailer due to be released in just a few days at New York Comic-Con, the whispering is picking up steam, especially as the first green screen images were leaked to the fan press a few days ago.

Of course, if you're old enough to remember the brouhaha about Michael Keaton as "Batman," you know it's too early to accurately judge.

On the other hand Brandon Routh as "Superman"? Terribly miscast, poor guy.

Anyway, if you'd like to keep up with the debate - or participate in the conversation - check out this message board over at The Comics Journal. You can also see green screen shots there of Gabriel Macht as The Spirit, Samuel L. Jackson as The Octopus, and several more, including a hot shot of Eva Mendes.























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Saturday, April 05, 2008

New Spirit Movie Poster! (Triptych)





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The Spirit Movie Countdown Clock! (Get Yours!)





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Monday, November 19, 2007

Frank Miller Brings 'Spirit' World To Life With Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson (MTV)

By Larry Carroll
MTV News
Nov 15 2007

'I am a kid in a candy store,' first-time director says of unlikely potential blockbuster.

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — You have more objects in your living room than are present on the massive soundstage housing the production of "Will Eisner's 'The Spirit.' " The director is a Hollywood newcomer, on the verge of his 51st birthday. Samuel L. Jackson is wearing a black-and-white fur coat, with similarly colored eyebrows to match. Welcome to the set of Tinseltown's most unlikely potential blockbuster.

"This is the only way I have been trained to direct, and I love it because it brings [directing] closer to the art of the page," Frank Miller explained this week, moving from his "Sin City" co-directing apprenticeship to his very own Home-Depot-size warehouse drenched in green. "I am a kid in a candy store."

The candy store is called "Will Eisner's 'The Spirit,' " based on a 67-year-old character and the decades-long friendship Miller shared with its creator. Eisner may not have lived long enough to see actors like Jackson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johannson and Gabriel Macht bring his eccentric characters to the silver screen, but Miller still feels his presence every day.

"I was just 13 years old when I came across Will Eisner's 'The Spirit,' published by Jim Warren, and was blown away," the graphic novelist-turned-filmmaker remembered. "I thought it was somebody new to comics, because it was so far ahead of anything else coming out. I felt it, religiously. There was one night when I picked up the latest issue of 'The Spirit,' and I was so excited, I had to stop by a lamppost in Vermont where I lived and read it on the spot. That was the Sand Saref story, which is now the basis of this movie."

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What happened to you Frank? (Rob Tornoe)


On his blog, Rob Tornoe lets it be known he's not too happy with Frank Miller's direction on "Will Eisner's The Spirit":

So "the Goddamn Batman" writer Frank Miller is directing the new Spirit movie staring Gabriel Macht...fine.

The over-used and increasing tiring Eva Mendes is playing femme fatale Sand Saref...whatever.

So why on gods green earth is Frank Miller directing in front of a green screen for?!?!?! Doesn't The Spirit take place in a noirish urban landscape? Do we really need Lucas-like special effects on this one?!?!
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Frank Miller: on raising 'The Spirit' (Comics2Film)


By Leslie Morgan
Comics2Film.com
November 16, 2007

I'm standing on set surrounded by a blanket of what can only be described as a bizarre shade of lime green when Frank Miller approaches. He's tall, lanky and wearing an Indiana Jones style fedora. His smile is wide, his eyes sparkle like a kid at Christmas and his presence is calm yet strong. One would think the green would engulf him, but it is he who engulfs the sea of green around him. During a break from filming, after wrapping a scene with Gabriel Macht, Miller spoke about what it's like to be at the helm of the much-anticipated film, 'The Spirit'.

Frank Miller was thirteen years old when he first came across Will Eisner's 'The Spirit.'

"I was blown away and thought it was someone new to comics because it was so far ahead of anything else coming out. I followed it religiously. There was one night when I picked up the latest issue of 'The Spirit' and was so excited I had to stop at a lamppost in Vermont where I lived and read it on the spot. It was the Sand Saref story, which is the basis for this movie."

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Links to "Will Eisner's The Spirit" Stories On The Set


Frank Miller Brings 'Spirit' World To Life With Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson
By Larry Carroll
Nov 15 2007 8:55 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — You have more objects in your living room than are present on the massive soundstage housing the production of "Will Eisner's 'The Spirit.' " The director is a Hollywood newcomer, on the verge of his 51st birthday. Samuel L. Jackson is wearing a black-and-white fur coat, with similarly colored eyebrows to match. Welcome to the set of Tinseltown's most unlikely potential blockbuster.

"This is the only way I have been trained to direct, and I love it because it brings [directing] closer to the art of the page," Frank Miller explained this week, moving from his "Sin City" co-directing apprenticeship to his very own Home-Depot-size warehouse drenched in green. "I am a kid in a candy store."

The candy store is called "Will Eisner's 'The Spirit,'" based on a 67-year-old character and the decades-long friendship Miller shared with its creator. Eisner may not have lived long enough to see actors like Jackson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johannson and Gabriel Macht bring his eccentric characters to the silver screen, but Miller still feels his presence every day.

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On the set of 'The Spirit'

By Rob M. Worley
November 16, 2007

"Cut! Why are you smiling?"

"You told me to smile."

"No, no, SNARL, not smile."

So goes the exchange between Frank Miller and actor Gabriel Macht on the set of 'The Spirit', Frank Miller's new film based on Will Eisner's long-running comic strip. Macht, decked out in a fedora, black eye mask, dark suit and red tie has been hanging off a mock up of what looks to be a fire escape for several minutes. Once Miller has gotten his shot, Macht takes a few moments to speak to us about what it is like to play the title character of the latest Frank Miller project.

Macht, last seen opposite Mandy Moore in 'Because I Said So' and 'The Good Shepherd' has died his typically blond hair brown and his once brown eyes are now a light blue comes off as incredibly gracious. He is humbled to be starring as the title character in 'The Spirit' and is thrilled with the opportunity. Then again, for this thirty-five year old actor, this could be the role that launches Macht from virtual obscurity to Hollywood's latest leading man. "To have Frank as a Director, it's a dream come true for me; it's mind blowing how fortunate I feel. I am having a brilliant time and everyone is at the top of their game."

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On the Set of Will Eisner's The Spirit
Source: Edward Douglas

November 14, 2007

Earlier this week, ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! flew down to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit the green screen sets of Will Eisner's The Spirit, which director Frank Miller has been shooting at the city's new facilities, Albuquerque (ABQ) Studios. It brings to life Will Eisner's classic comic book character Denny Colt, a police officer in Central City who was killed in action, but then returned as The Spirit, a masked crimefighter who has a way of attracting the ladies—and not only the nice ones—but who's thwarted at every turn by the evil mastermind The Octopus.

The film is being made much like Miller's Sin City and Zack Snyder's adaptation of Miller's 300 with actors doing all of their performances in front of a green screen and all the backgrounds and environments created using the latest computer graphics. This was ComingSoon.net's second visit to an all green screen set after spending some time on the set of 300 two years ago, and while one might not expect there to not be a lot to write about when a movie is being made with no actual sets, in fact, there's still stuff to see, since it's an interesting process that requires a lot of clever workarounds for things that tend to be easy when using practical sets, such as how actors interact with objects within their environment, or lack thereof.

The production had taken up two of the larger soundstages at the brand new Albuquerque Studios facility, where security was extremely tight. Cameras and audio recording were verboten, and anyone who wanted to visit the stages needed to turn in their personal ID in order to get a special badge with an image of what looked like a Frank Miller drawn full body portrait of The Spirit. There wasn't any question that it was worth losing or forgetting your driver's license or passport there, if it meant a chance to watch a master like Miller at work. The Spirit is the first production to use the complex's two newest stages and they were on Day 27 of a shoot that would be going through December 14.

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On Set With Frank Miller and "Will Eisner's The Spirit" (Comic Book Resources)

by Andy Khouri, Staff Writer
Posted: November 15, 2007

"This is the single greatest opportunity I've ever had as an actor, I can't even describe how fortunate I feel to be here, it's mind-bloggling" said Gabriel Macht, the performer who'll bring to life on screen one of the comics page's most venerable masked, crimefighting heroes in "Will Eisner's The Spirit." CBR News was privileged to speak with the actor earlier this week on the 27th day of shooting on the film's set in Albuquerque, NM, where Macht had just finished shooting a scene in which he as Denny Colt -- aka The Spirit -- utterly clobbers his archenemy The Octopus (in the form of Samuel L. Jackson).

Seeing the action with one's own eyes, it is impossible to tell where or when in the film the scene takes place. The soundstage at Albuquerque Studios is occupied by little more than a handful of production staff; a camera; two actors; one or two reporters, obviously; and a startlingly enormous amount of green screens surrounding the gymnasium-sized space in all directions. Fortunately, there are a number of storyboards pinned up around set that give guests a clearer picture of what's going on in the scene. Even more fortunately, they're all drawn by Frank Miller.

Set for a January 2009 release by Lionsgate Entertainment, "The Spirit" is written and directed by Frank Miller, himself one of modern comics' most revered icons and a devoted fan, protege and dear friend of Will Eisner. "It's a real privilege [to be directing 'The Spirit']," Miller told CBR News. "I'm in love with the material and doing my best to be fair to it."
"This is the single greatest opportunity I've ever had as an actor, I can't even describe how fortunate I feel to be here, it's mind-bloggling" said Gabriel Macht, the performer who'll bring to life on screen one of the comics page's most venerable masked, crimefighting heroes in "Will Eisner's The Spirit." CBR News was privileged to speak with the actor earlier this week on the 27th day of shooting on the film's set in Albuquerque, NM, where Macht had just finished shooting a scene in which he as Denny Colt -- aka The Spirit -- utterly clobbers his archenemy The Octopus (in the form of Samuel L. Jackson).




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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Studio 60's Sarah Paulson Joins "The Spirit" Movie!

The Hollywood Reporter

Miller's 'Spirit' finds love with Paulson

By Borys Kit
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Sarah Paulson (Getty Images photo)


Sarah Paulson has joined the cast of "Will Eisner's The Spirit," comic auteur Frank Miller's directorial effort featuring the classic comic strip character. Also joining the cast are Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi.

Paulson joins leading ladies Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson in the film noir about a rookie cop who returns from the dead to fight crime as the Spirit from the shadows of Central City. However, while Mendes and Johansson are playing femme fatales, Paulson is playing the hero's true love, Dr. Ellen Dolan, the police commissioner's daughter.

Gabriel Macht is on board as Denny Colt/the Spirit, and Samuel L. Jackson will play the villainous Octopus.

Lauria (ABC's mini "The Path to 9/11") is playing the police commissioner, while Katic ("Feast of Love") is a rookie cop. Simmons ("Evan Almighty") plays a young Denny Colt, while Lombardi (Fox's "24") will play Phobos, a henchman for the Octopus.

Paulson was nominated for a Golden Globe earlier this year for her work on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." She is repped by ICM and Joan Hyler Management.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

The Spirit will shoot in Albuquerque, New Mexico

ABQ Studios to host TV series, film featuring Samuel L. Jackson

New Mexico Business Weekly
August 22, 2007

Two more productions will begin shooting this fall at Albuquerque Studios, including a feature film starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Frank Miller (the writer behind "Sin City" and "300") will direct "Will Eisner's The Spirit," based on Eisner's series "The Spirit." Eisner is considered by many to be the father of the graphic novel.


"The Spirit" is a comic book series with a film noir feel. The adaptation will star Jackson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson and Gabriel Macht in a fantasy thriller about a rookie cop (played by Macht) who returns from the dead to fight crime as The Spirit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"It's going to be very exciting," Smerigan says. "The cast and the crew are top notch and we're really excited about them being here. Not only is it a big feature production for Albuquerque and New Mexico, but it's a big giant feature film."

The film will start production in October and will be shot entirely at Albuquerque Studios on two stages. Shooting will run through the middle of January, says Nick Smerigan, chief operating officer of Albuquerque Studios. Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker of Odd Lot Entertainment will produce along with Michael Uslan of Batfilm Productions.

Odd Lot and Lionsgate are production partners for the film, with Lionsgate holding domestic and United Kingdom rights, according to the Reporter.























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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

WHOA! Eva Mendes & Scarlett Johansson Join The Spirit Movie!

Posted: Tue., Aug. 21, 2007, 4:55pm PT

Mendes gets in Frank Miller's 'Spirit'
Actress joins Johansson, Jackson in cast

By DAVE MCNARY

Eva Mendes will round out the cast for Frank Miller's "The Spirit," joining Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht.

Pic, produced by Lionsgate and Odd Lot, will begin lensing in October at New Mexico's Albuquerque Studios.

Miller wrote the script and will direct the movie, which marks the start of a multipic pact under which Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce together. Story centers on a rookie cop who fakes his own death so he can fight crime from the shadows.

Lionsgate has domestic and U.K. rights and is scheduled to release the film in 2009.

Odd Lot's Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker will produce along with Michael Uslan of Batfilm Prods; Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker and Steve Maier are exec producers. Odd Lot's Linda McDonough and Batfilm's F.J. DeSanto co-produce.

Mendes was most recently in Columbia's "Ghost Rider" and will be seen next in Columbia's "We Own the Night." She's currently filming Picturehouse's "The Women."

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Friday, August 17, 2007

MAJOR FANBOY ALERT: Scarlett Johansson Cast in Will Eisner's The Spirit

It's a triple feature for Johansson

By Borys Kit and Tatiana Siegel
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Scarlett Johansson (Getty Images photo)

Scarlett Johansson has lined up a series of roles that will see her moving quickly from modern relationships to comic strip noir to costume drama.

Johansson has joined the all-star cast of New Line Cinema's ensemble comedy "He's Just Not That Into You," which she will shoot first before then materializing as a femme fatale in "Will Eisner's The Spirit," being directed by Frank Miller for Odd Lot Entertainment and Lionsgate.

In the winter, she will don a crown for "Mary Queen of Scots," to which she's has been attached to some time. Johansson becomes the latest actor to book back-to-back-to-back roles in anticipation of a possible strike.

In "Into You," Johansson will play a pilates instructor/aspiring singer who has an affair with a married man and hopes that he will leave his wife for her.

She joins the already cast Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin and Drew Barrymore in the movie of interconnecting story arcs dealing with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior.

Ken Kwapis is directing the movie, which Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen are producing via their Flower Films banner. Production executives Michele Weiss and Michael Disco are overseeing for New Line.

For "Spirit," Miller's adaptation of the classic Eisner film noir comic strip series, Johansson is in final negotiations to play a dangerous beauty named Silken Floss. Eisner's strip was known for its women with dangerous curves, and Miller is intent on keeping that tradition. Floss is a sexy and intelligent secretary with a vindictive instinct that makes her the perfect accomplice to the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), an evil mastermind.

Gabriel Macht is playing the title character, a detective who fakes his own death in order to fight crime in Central City as the masked man known as the Spirit. Production is scheduled to start in October, with the film scheduled to be released in 2009.

Odd Lot Entertainment and Lionsgate are production partners on "Spirit," with Lionsgate holding domestic and U.K. rights. Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker will produce along with Michael Uslan of Batfilm Productions Inc. Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker and Steve Maier are executive producers. Odd Lot's Linda McDonough and Batfilm's F.J. DeSanto serve as co-producers.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Gabriel Macht is Will Eisner's The Spirit!


Posted: Thurs., Aug. 2, 2007, 1:59pm PT

Gabriel Macht to star in 'Spirit'
Sony picks up rights to comicbook adaptation

By MICHAEL FLEMING, DIANE GARRETT

Writer-director Frank Miller has tapped Gabriel Macht to star in "Will Eisner's The Spirit," the Miller-scripted adaptation of the classic Eisner comic book series.

Shooting on the pic co-financed by Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment begins in October for release in 2009. Odd Lot partners Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete produce.

The Bronx-born Macht was most recently seen in "The Good Shepherd" and just wrapped the Dominic Sena-directed "Whiteout," in which he stars opposite Kate Beckinsale.

Separately, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has picked up several overseas territories for "Will Eisner's The Spirit" from Odd Lot Intl.

Sony will distribute the comicbook adaptation, Miller's first solo directing effort, in France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia and wide swaths of Latin America. Lionsgate is distributing the pic Stateside and in the U.K. (Daily Variety, May 16).

Macht will play the title character, a man who has faked his own death so he can battle crime from the shadows of Central City. He runs up against the Octopus, a villain who's bent on wiping out the entire city and kills anyone unlucky enough to see his face.

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