Titan Books has acquired worldwide rights to a deluxe making-of book for the Lionsgate and Odd Lot Ent. production of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT. Featuring interviews with the cast and crew, color photos, storyboards and production art, plus the full screenplay, the book is slated for publication Dec. 2008, ahead of the movie's release on Jan 16, 2009.
The live-action movie is written and directed by Frank Miller (SIN CITY, 300). Gabriel Macht will take the title role, with Samuel L. Jackson as his arch-nemesis The Octopus, and Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson as alluring femmes fatales Sand Saref and Silken Floss.
Lionsgate and Odd Lot Ent. are production partners on the film, produced by Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker of Odd Lot Ent. and Michael Uslan of Batfilm Productions Inc. Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker and Steven Maier are executive producers. Odd Lot's Linda McDonough and Batfilm's F.J. DeSanto serve as co-producers. Lionsgate will distribute THE SPIRIT in the U.S. and U.K.