Mark Hamill at the Cannes Film Festival 2010Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) is directing a big screen version of his comic book series The Black Pearl it has been announced at the Cannes Film Festival.

The project is a long-term goal of Hamill's, written in the mid 90s as a screenplay, Hamill instead turned the story into a comic book series but always hoped to transform it into a film. Black Pearl tells the story of a loner raised on violent films and comics who takes justice into his own hands after a neighbour is kidnapped.

Find out more after the jump... Mark Hamill at the Cannes Film Festival 2010Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) is directing a big screen version of his comic book series The Black Pearl it has been announced at the Cannes Film Festival.

The project is a long-term goal of Hamill's, written in the mid 90s as a screenplay, Hamill instead turned the story into a comic book series but always hoped to transform it into a film. Black Pearl tells the story of a loner raised on violent films and comics who takes justice into his own hands after a neighbour is kidnapped.

Described by the actor as a "dark, edgy thriller", The Black Pearl will be a live action film written by Hamill, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, with a $7 million budget put together by Berkeley Square Films.

Hamill, who readily admits to being a comic addict, made his directing debut with the documentary Comic Book: The Movie but has spent most of his career since playing Luke Skywalker as a voice actor along with a CV that includes everything from a moth in SpongeBob SquarePants to a zombie in Futurama as well as The Joker in the Batman animated series.

"We started getting interest from some pretty big producers a while ago," said Hamill of the Pearl material. "But then it started to take on a life of its own where it became this huge mega-budget comic book movie. This was the exact opposite of what we wanted to do."

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