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Miller's Spirit Moved to Christmas

Encouraged by a positive showing at New York Comic-Con, Lionsgate's confidence in Frank Miller's THE SPIRIT shows in its decision to move up the intended January 2009 release to Dec. 25, 2008, reports VARIETY. Based on the classic Will Eisner comicstrip, the film stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes.

Miller will make his solo directing debut on the film for which he also adapted the screenplay. The story follows a murdered cop who returns from the grave to fight crime in the tough city.

Lionsgate is co-producing the film with Odd Lot Ent.

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