According to The Wrap, actor Mark Hamill is setting up to direct an adaptation of a comic book he wrote. Apparently Hamill's partners won't allow him to announce the project yet as they they want to wait until the Cannes Film Festival in May.
"It's based on a comic book that Hamill wrote, it's set in the real world, and "at first glance it's a drama, but it has dark humor."
The story of The Black Pearl, Hamill told the New York Daily News a while back, is "a crime thriller, fairly raw in terms of violence about tabloid journalism and sensationalism and all the things that thrillers come from."
"My two co-writers wrote a David O. Russell film for Paramount," he said, "and now they've very hot. So now there are people who are willing to give us $30 million to make the movie. But if we took that deal, I wouldn't get to direct.
"If you go over about $8 million, you have to start getting foreign sales before you start shooting. But if you stay in the $5-to-$7 million range, you don't have to do presales and you can maintain much more creative control.
The goal is to make a movie the studios wouldn't make."
The official announcement should come next month, in France.