Tom Hiddleston and His High-Rise Director May Reunite for an Adaptation of Frank Miller's Hard Boiled

Image: Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images
Image: Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Frank Miller and Geof Darrow’s comic Hard Boiled has a story seemingly made for the big screen. And now the tale of a boring insurance adjuster who’s actually (unbeknownst to him) a killer cyborg poised to lead a robot revolution may have found its director and star: Ben Wheatley and Tom Hiddleston.


The pair, of course, worked together in another dystopian science fiction tale, 2015's High-Rise, based on the J.G. Ballard novel. If the deal goes through, Wheatley (whose diverse resume also includes Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, and the upcoming Free Fire) would adapt and direct Hard Boiled, which Deadline reports is being eyed as an action-movie vehicle for Hiddleston. Presumably, it would also pay visual homage to artist Darrow’s work, which previously landed him a gig designing the Matrix movies—as well as being a one-two style combo of two of Miller’s best-known adaptations, since the production companies behind both Sin City and 300 are both involved as well.

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High Rise was surprisingly dull for movie about societal collapse with a giant tower. And I am personally never a fan of giving Frank Miller more money or recognition even if not based on one of his worse comics. Soooo probably pass.