# Posted: 21 May 2007 11:39
Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to star as the mysterious supervillain the Octopus in Frank Miller's film adaptation of The Spirit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on Will Eisner's classic comic-book series, the story centers on Denny Colt, an ambitious young cop murdered in the line of duty who under mysterious circumstances is reborn as the masked mystery man known as the Spirit.
Jackson would play the Spirit's nemesis, a meek lab assistant who reinvents himself as a psychotic nightmare that kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face. The Octopus' tentacles reach into every aspect of crime in fictitious Central City, a city he plans to wipe out.
Frank Miller introduced the project at the Cannes film festival this week, saying that Jackson is his first choice to play the Octopus. He is considering several different actors for the title role, but didn't say who they are.
Miller co-directed Sin City—based on his own comic-book series of the same name—alongside Robert Rodriguez. He also created the graphic novel which was the basis for the Zack Snyder-directed film 300, starring Gerard Butler. The Spirit will mark Miller's first solo directing project.