John Woo to Direct Caliber

Hard Boiled Helmer tackles comic book adaptation.

John Woo (Hard Boiled/Face Off) is set to direct the big screen adaptation of the comic book ‘Caliber’.

The film will be a three-way co-production between Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, Barry Levine’s Radical Comics and US-based Lion Rock, which is co-owned by Woo himself.

The comic, due to be unveiled at next week’s Comic Con, sets King Arthur and his Knights into the 19th Century. Instead of wearing suits of armour, Arthur and his men will be sporting holsters and six shooters in the Pacific Northwest of old.

Before Woo can start work on this pseudo-western, he will first have to direct the second part of his ‘Red Cliff’ series, the first of which opened last week in six Asian territories to an estimated $26 million. An international version will be released shortly thereafter.

Then after he completes that, Woo will helm $40 million pic ‘1949,’ a period romancer set against the tumultuous background of the Chinese Revolution. Production is skedded after completion of ‘Red Cliff’ and is now casting.

Woo also has two stateside projects in the works, ‘The Sicilian Clan’ and ‘The Divide’. At this time, none of these projects have a set start date.