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THE SPIRIT

An iconic figure in the creation of comic book super heroes, in his initiation of graphic novels as one of the most popular of story-telling media and as a leading figure in the dominant box-office genre of films adapted from comic books and graphic novels, FRANK MILLER (Screenplay/Director) makes his solo film directing debut with his adaptation of the Will Eisner¹s classic THE SPIRIT, an artfully-executed, action-packed, fun-filled adventure.

Miller, author of the graphic novel 300 and an executive producer of the record-setting motion picture adapted from it, made his feature film directorial debut in 2005 with the filmization of his graphic novel Sin City, which he co-directed with Robert Rodriguez. The critically acclaimed film was nominated for a Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, won the Austin Film Critics Award and garnered a Czech Lion nomination.

It was Miller¹s graphic novel The Dark Knight, a startlingly new and darker interpretation of Bob Kane's Batman, that lifted the graphic novel into popularity, as well as launching the Batman franchise into one of the most profitable series of films ever. Even as his own film oeuvre is starting, Frank Miller has become one of the most influential figures on both sides of the comic-book/motion-picture connection.

His creative career began in the US comic-book industry while still in his teens. It was in the late 1970s, when he came to prominence drawing and/or writing Marvel Comics properties such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil, and Elektra Assassin. He created the ninja assassin Elektra in the pages of Daredevil during his critically acclaimed run on that title. Miller's Daredevil was the basis for the 2003 feature film.

Miller then created Ronin, a science-fiction samurai drama, for DC Comics. Apart from its artistic and critical success, Ronin was historically important as DC Comics' first creator-owned project. Ronin is currently in development at Warner Bros. as a feature film. Also upcoming is a release by Dark Horse of the complete Martha Washington series which Miller created with Dave Gibbons and which plowed important new ground in racial awareness for the comic and graphic novel genres. The series concerned a young black woman from the projects of Chicago, following from the late 90s through the early part of this decade with a social consciousness that had marked impact, concluding with the eponymous character¹s death.

After Ronin, Miller wrote and illustrated the aforementioned groundbreaking Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. He also wrote Batman: Year One (illustrated by David Mazzuchelli), which was a basis for 2005's BATMAN BEGINS. Miller returned to Batman with the best-selling Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and is writing All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder (with Jim Lee illustrating). 

Miller introduced his noir masterpiece, Sin City, in 1991, and it became an instant sales and critical success. To date, he has written and illustrated seven Sin City graphic novels. In 2005, Miller co-directed with Robert Rodriguez the feature film Frank Miller's SIN CITY.

300, Miller's award-winning graphic novel of the Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae, was initially serialized in 1998 (with Lynn Varley). The Warner Bros. feature-film adaptation of 300 smashed box-office records last year.

Miller also collaborated with illustrator Geof Darrow to create Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (which was adapted as an animated television series) and Hard Boiled (currently in development as a feature film). The final chapter of the Martha Washington science-fiction series by Miller and Dave Gibbons that started with Give Me Liberty was released in Summer 2007.

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