Tim Miller of Blur Studios has been creating visually-stunning special effects for some time now. In addition to his well-known intro sequence to the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he had his creative hands involved in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, the X-Men films, Daredevil and Tim Burton’s version of Planet of the Apes. Though Miller has proven himself time-and-again to know his FX magic, he is set to make a directorial debut in bringing legendary writer Warren Ellis’s ‘Gravel’ comic to the big screen.
For those that don’t know Warren Ellis, he is the genius behind such titles as Transmetropolitan, The Authority and a vast number of other titles. His writing credits read like an encyclopedia of some of the most popular comics in the world.
The creation in question, ‘Gravel’, is a horror comic that follows the adventures of Sgt. Major William Gravel, a soldier in the British S.A.S. Being skilled in the dark arts of magic, Gravel decides to make a few extra pounds (that’s Brit-money) by hiring himself out to fight crazy supernatural monsters.
Unfortunately, Ellis will not be putting the screenplay together, as he has quite the busy schedule. Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell have that pleasure, though Ellis has expressed that he’s not upset about it and is happy with whom the studio has chosen to helm this project.
Miller was also set to direct the much talked about X-Men Origins: Deadpool film, though no one seems to have heard anything more about that since last year. Looks like another one bites the dust.
The adaptation of ‘Gravel’ is being produced by Legendary Pictures and Rick Alexander. Legendary is known for being the production company behind 300, which means Miller may have free reign to go ape-shit wild with the effects on Gravel. If the screenwriters can keep the story strong, movie-viewers may have some serious awesome waiting for them just around the corner.