Entity FX, a visual effects studio with facilities in Santa Monica, Calif. and Vancouver, British Columbia, has been tapped to complete 170 visual effects shots for the Odd Lot Ent.’s and Lionsgate’s upcoming movie based on Will Eisner’s classic comic book series The Spirit. Directed by graphic novelist Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), the CG-heavy super sleuth pic is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on Dec. 25.
The Spirit is the story of police rookie Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht), who lets the world believe he is dead so that he can combat crime and clean up the streets of Central City as a mysterious, masked vigilante. From the shadows, he tracks The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), a cold-blooded killer who murders anyone unfortunate enough to see his face. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Stana Katic, Dan Lauria, Jaime King, Paz Vega and Louis Lombardi.
Like the filmed adaptations of Sin City and 300, the flick is being filmed mostly against green screens so that the digital artists can create a unique world for the actors to inhabit. Brought onto the project by The Orphanage and visual effects supervisor Stu Maschwitz, Entity contributed extensive digital backgrounds and other CG elements. The studio is also working on effects for the sequel The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Other recent credits include Superhero Movie, Into the Wild, Rush Hour 3, The Air I Breathe and Miami Vice.