Madman
Plot: A post-modernist reimagining of the Frankenstein tale, with a superhero twist. Title
character, killed in a car accident, is reanimated by an eccentric doc who names him Frank
Einstein and instills in him enhanced senses, psychic power and exceptional physical skills.
The doc can't fix his creature's face, so Madman wears a costume modeled after his fave
superhero to hide his scars.

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George Huang

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12/19/06-

According to Variety, Dimension Films has made a deal to turn the Michael Allred-created
comic book MADMAN into a live-action film. George Huang ("Swimming With Sharks") will
direct a script he'll pen with Allred. Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan will produce via
their Troublemaker Studios banner. MADMAN is a post-modernist reimagining of the
Frankenstein tale, with a superhero twist. Title character, killed in a car accident, is
reanimated by an eccentric doc who names him Frank Einstein and instills in him enhanced
senses, psychic power and exceptional physical skills. The doc can't fix his creature's
face, so Madman wears a costume modeled after his fave superhero to hide his scars.

Project, spearheaded by Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein and production prexy
Richard Saperstein, will follow a template similar to "Sin City," which Troublemaker
produced and Rodriguez directed with creator Frank Miller for Dimension. As with that film,
the creative behind the comicbook is an active part of the creative process. And, like "Sin
City," "Madman" will be shot entirely at Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios in Texas.
Rodriguez, who's readying a "Sin City" sequel, has wrapped "Planet Terror," his half of
Dimension Films' "Grindhouse," to be released April 6. Quentin Tarantino, who's directing
the other half, "Death Proof," will finish shooting in January.

Rodriguez has been trying to adapt the "Madman" comic for several years and felt the
creative combination was the right one. He and Huang have known each other since
Rodriguez's debut film, "El Mariachi," landed at Columbia and Huang worked at the studio.
Huang was a creative consultant on Rodriguez's "Spy Kids 3."
"George has always had a
really great grasp of the books, and Michael is just about the coolest guy you'll ever
meet," Rodriguez said. "His Madman comics are nothing short of visionary."
Allred, who
created props for "Planet Terror," is launching new series "Madman Atomic Comics" through
Image Comics.
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