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Based on Will Eisner's 1940s newspaper strip, "The Spirit" has been a long time in the works. Frank Miller ended up with the project and says he will stay "close to the source material" and that the film will not be set in the 1940's, but go for a timeless feel. It will also use the same digital background technology as used in Sin City and 300. This is Frank Miller's first solo work as writer/director and release is scheduled for January 16th, 2009 via Lionsgate. Synopsis and film homepage after the break.

"Adapted from the legendary comic strip, Will Eisner's The Spirit is a classic action-adventure-romance told by genre-twister Frank Miller. It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the SPIRIT (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the OCTOPUS (Samuel L. Jacksob) has a different mission: he's going to wipe out Spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City's unrdown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront ... all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and Morgenstern (Stana Katic) a sexy young cop.

Then of course theres Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She's the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him? In the vein of Batman Begins and sin City, Will Eisner's The Spirit takes us on a sinister gut-wrenching ride with a hero who is born, murdered and born again."

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