Famed action movie director John Woo (Face/Off, Hard Boiled) has signed on to helm a filmed adaptation of the Radical Comics’ Caliber, according to Daily Variety. Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, Barry Levine’s Radical Comics and Woo’s U.S.-based Lion Rock are expected to team up to bring the franchise to the screen. Lion Rock, the U.S.-based next week’s Comic-Con in San Diego.
Created and written by Sam Sarkar, Caliber is a retelling of the Arthurian legend set in the Old West. The Knights of the Round Table have been re-imagined as gunslingers bound by the code of honor to protect the weak and defend the innocent, until moral corruption begins to tear the group apart. Taking the place of the famed sword Excaliber is Caliber, a tattooed six-gun given to Arthur by the Indians and imbued with supernatural power. The book premiered in May of this year. More information on the movie will be unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con Int’l, which takes place July 24-27
The film will probably take a while to reach fans. Woo is preparing for the January Asia release of the second part of Red Cliff, his Chinese period epic, and is also starting work on a sweeping Chinese period romance flick titled 1949. The filmmaker’s U.S. projects include a remake of the 1969 French crime drama The Sicilian Clan and The Divide, which revolves around a Chinese laborer working on America’s transcontinental railroads in the 19th century.