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Warner Bros Finds Its Deadman Director
Nikolaj Arcel boards comic book flick

01 September 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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It’s been three years since Warner Bros. first started developing the little-known DC comic-book, Deadman, for the big screen, with a view to installing producer Guillermo del Toro (pictured) as director.

A lot’s happened in those three years, though – namely, The Hobbit – and with del Toro unavailable to direct, the search began for a new director to bring to life the tale of a murdered circus acrobat who is reborn with the power to possess the living.

Well, that search is now over, for it has yielded Danish director, Nikolaj Arcel.

Last seen as script consultant on Lars von Trier’s Tookey-baiting Antichrist, Arcel’s track record shows why he was hired for the Deadman gig: his acclaimed 2007 film, Island Of Lost Souls, also revolves around possession of the living, and dark, supernatural forces. Still, we detect the hand of the cine-literate del Toro, who remains on board as producer along with Don Murphy and Susan Montford, in Arcel’s hiring, rather than a bunch of corporate suits.

Gary Dauberman wrote the screenplay for the movie, which still has a ways to go before production begins.

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Screw the foreplay
Come on Guillermo, We want AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS ( H.P. Lovecraft's classic Novel) After all guillermo you owe most of your monsters to Lovecraft. More

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could be good
I think this has potential. I kind of like the idea of a guy using the villains bodies to fight each other and posessing people to get things done but if done badly could also be laughable. It could be interesting to see a take on posession by a force for good rather than the usual malevolent spirit posession. Best to redesign or scrap the super hero look he has though because his design is too garish and like a lot of DC characters needs updating. More

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