Frank Miller takes on 'Trouble'
Clive Owen to star in Chandler adaptation
Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment have set Frank Miller to adapt the Raymond Chandler novella "Trouble Is My Business" as a star vehicle for Clive Owen.
Strike partners Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing; Owen and Phil Clymer exec produce.
"Sin City" was Miller's first collaboration with Owen. "Trouble Is My Business" was chosen partly because it provides the actor with a similar chance to frame the narrative with a compelling voiceover, using Chandler's hardboiled prose as hard-drinking private eye Philip Marlowe cracks cases, busts heads and romances femme fatales in 1940s Los Angeles.
While many of Chandler's novels have been turned into films, "Trouble Is My Business" is virgin territory.
"Frank Miller knows more about noir than anyone I have ever met, and clearly the writing of Raymond Chandler has been an enormous influence on his life and his work," Owen said. "Miller adapting Chandler seemed like a perfect match."
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