By Joe Cunningham | The Playlist March 16, 2012 at 10:59AM
Tim Miller has yet to direct a feature film, but he's already more than made a name for himself in the right circles around Hollywood. Nominated for an Oscar back in 2005 for his animated short "Gopher Broke" (excellent title, right?), Miller has since gone on to garner a reputation for his VFX work through his CG animation house, Blur Studio. The company provided the special effects on "Avatar" and the cherry on the top for Miller will surely have been earning MVP status on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" remake for his role as Creative Director on that crazy title sequence -- one of the few truly original strands of David Fincher's movie. Visually, at the very least, Tim Miller looks like a force to be reckoned with.
Last year he was handed the reins of the long-gestating "Deadpool" movie, with Ryan Reynolds still attached to play the "merc with a mouth." After the relative failure of "Green Lantern," however, we're still dubious as to whether we'll ever see that X-Men spin-off ever make it all the way to the big screen. And maybe Miller's as skeptical as we are, because he's lined himself up another directing gig, and it's another live action adaptation of a comic book series, "Gravel."
Penned by Warren Ellis, "Gravel" tells the story of a British S.A.S soldier called William Gravel who uses dark magic to moonlight battling supernatural creatures to earn some extra cash. From the look of the character in the comics he looks like a grizzled, blonde badass, and we're getting a bit of a "Buffy" vibe from the synopsis. Hmm, what's James Marsters up to these days? There doesn't look to be an awful lot to get excited about this project for yet though, we're just intrigued by what a man with Miller's visual pedigree can bring to the director's chair. Other than that, we'll be on the lookout for whether this will affect the development of the "Deadpool" movie - because that's something we really want to see. As for "Gravel," it will be released via Warner Bros. [Deadline]