>> Thursday, June 21, 2007
Anna Halsey was about two hundred and forty pounds of middle-aged putty-faced woman in a black tailor-made suit. Her eyes were shiny black shoe buttons, her cheeks were as soft as suet and about the same color. She was sitting behind a black glass desk that looked like Napoleon's tomb and she was smoking a cigarette in a black holder that was not quite as long as a rolled umbrella. She said: "I need a man."That's the opening of Raymond Chandler's short story, "Trouble is My Business," which has been selected to be adapted for the screen with Clive Owen in the role of Philip Marlowe. It's not a bad choice. All but one of Chandler's Marlowe novels have been previously adapted, so selecting a short story allows the production to tackle virgin screen material.
What worries me about the announcement is that Frank Miller has been hired to adapt the story. I have nothing against Miller. I'm actually a big fan of The Dark Knight Returns and his Sin City comics. However, he's not exactly the most subtle writer in the world, and his recent comic work has seemed like self-parody. I'm afraid he may try to improve upon Chandler, which is always a losing proposition.
Anyway, it will be good to see my favorite drunky detective hit the big screen again. I'll be hoping for the best (and keeping my fingers crossed). Here's the full story from Variety: "Frank Miller Takes On Trouble"
Trouble Is My Business (Paperback)