Road To Perdition

(2002)

Based on writer Max Allan Collins and illustrator Richard Piers Rayner's serialized mystery comic novel for DC Comics, the film is set in Depression-era Chicago and revolves around hit man Michael Sullivan, known to friends and enemies as a dangerous man. Uncompromising in his work, Sullivan is just as devoted to his private life as a husband and father of two young boys. But when his two worlds collide, leading to the death of his wife and youngest son, Sullivan and his surviving son, Michael Jr., leave their peaceful home life behind and embark on a journey of revenge.

EXCLUSIVE: Max Allan Collins Talks ‘Road to Perdition’

Back in the summer of 2002, I saw a film in my local Minnesota theater that I thought was a sure lock for several categories at the Oscars, including Best Picture. Sadly, Sam Mendes' utterly gorgeous portrait of Depression-era gangster life, Road To Perdition, only picked up a handful of Oscar nominations, mostly in technical categories, with the only Oscar win going to the late Conrad L. Hall for his stunning cinematography. In my eyes, the film is one of the most tragically underrated films of the 21st Century. Road to Perdition is coming to Blu-ray for the first time on August 3 and hopefully this new release will give the film the awareness needed to become the classic it surely deserves to be. I recently spoke with Max Allan Collins, who wrote the graphic novel this film was based on, about his experiences on the film, and here's what he had to say.

I read that the graphic novel was influence by a manga Lone Wolf and Cub. Can you talk about your experience with that manga and how that lead into writing Road to Perdition?

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EXCLUSIVE: Max Allan Collins on ‘Road to Purgatory’

Way back in November 2008, we reported that Max Allan Collins, who wrote the graphic novel that the fantastic 2002 film Road To Perdition was based on, had written a screenplay for a film entitled Road to Purgatory, which he would also direct. At the time, Collins was also set to direct the film, which is based off his graphic novel sequel to Road To Perdition. I recently got to speak with Collins, who was promoting the Road to Perdition Blu-ray release that will hit the high-def shelves tomorrow, August 3, and I also asked him about the status of this film sequel, which seems to be moving forward. Take a look at what he had to say below.

Is there anything you can tell us about the status of Road to Purgatory? We reported on it a few years ago that you were adapting your own graphic novel and were directing the film. Is there anything you can tell us about that?

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‘Road to Perdition’ Gets the Blu-ray Treatment on August 3rd

You can finally bring home a 2002 Sam Mendes classic film in high definition this August. Road To Perdition will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on August 3. We don't have any cover art images or pricing details at this time, but you can take a look at the special features below. The film stars Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig and Ciarán Hinds.

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks in "one of his best performances" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) stars as Michael Sullivan, a father fighting to keep his only son from traveling the Road To Perdition. Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), this towering motion picture achievement has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Also starring Academy Award winner Paul Newman and Oscar nominee Jude Law, Road To Perdition weaves a mesmerizing tale of a father and son bound together by tragedy and betrayal. On an unforgettable journey of honor, vengeance and redemption, they confront overwhelming odds - and forge an indestructible bond. Hailed for the powerhouse performances of its stars and the stunning impact of its story, Road To Perdition is an electrifying experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

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Max Allan Collins to Direct ‘Road to Purgatory’

At this time, Road To Purgatory does not have a set start date or a selected cast.

Road To Perdition was released July 12th, 2002.

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Road To Perdition was released July 12th, 2002.

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