Rob Cohen is charging into new territory. Perhaps best known for directing both The Fast and the Furious and xXx, the writer-director will now adapt the ’90s goth comic gem Razor.
“I have loved Razor since its first publication,” Cohen said in a press release. “It has operatic themes, female empowerment, revenge, action, a love story, all shrouded in a delicious darkness that fits our time.”
Debuting in 1992, Razor was written by Everette Hartsoe and came to mark the Gothic wave of the ’90s. As a result, the story of protagonist Nicole Mitchell is fittingly grim.
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After her father, an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, is murdered, Nicole winds up in a mental institution. Meanwhile, her sister is kidnapped and trained to be a killer by the very crime boss who murdered their father. Don’t worry, Razor gets her revenge, namely at the end of a pair of giant metal blades strapped to her hands (hence the name).
The Razor comic series featured several crossovers with fellow Gen-X classic The Crow. Jeff Most, producer of 1994’s The Crow film (as well as its upcoming remake), has signed on to produce the Razor film adaptation.
The similarities between the two antihero series don’t stop there, even their respective origins are similarly grim. The Crow creator James O’Barr was famously inspired by the death of his fiance in a tragic hit-and-run, while Hartsoe created Razor after his younger sister was murdered.
The Razor film adaptation will be shopped around at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
(via Hollywood Reporter)