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Mark Hamill To Direct 'The Black Pearl' Adaptation

18 May 2010 9:14 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Veteran actor Mark Hamill is set to direct an adaptation of his comic "The Black Pearl."

Hamill has reportedly secured $7 million in funding from Berkeley Square Films, according to Variety. Hamill will also co-write the film with Paul Tamasy ("The Fighter") and Eric Johnson.

"The Black Pearl" was originally published by Dark Horse comics in 1996 as a five issue miniseries. The story followed a "troubled man" named Luthor Drake, who accidentally becomes a masked hero and a media sensation. Hamill and Johnson co-wrote the original series with artists H. M. Baker, Bruce Patterson and Dan Schaeffer.

Hamill is best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Hamill has also gone on to become one of the most popular voice-over actors in the industry, with roles on several animated series including "The Simpsons," "Futurama," "Spider-Man: The Animated Series," "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Fantastic Four. »

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