If you're going to do a big-screen version of an old-school comic book classic, you'd be well-served by hiring a guy who knows his way around the medium. So when the folks who run Odd Lot Entertainment acquired the rights to Will Eisner's classic character The Spirit, they went to ... Frank Miller. Happily, the co-director of Sin City (and Sin City 2, eventually) felt protective of the project and signed on to do the thing right.

Miller says: "I intend to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of the material, but it won't be nostalgic. It will be much scarier than people expect." Good enough for me. Having said that, I'm only slightly familiar with the source material, but DC has published all sorts of collector's volumes ... and I daresay they might be worth checking out.

No word yet on which studio will get to distribute the film, but according to Variety the big houses weren't exactly chomping at the bit to make The Spirit in the first place. Stay tuned...