There have been three attempts to get a Punisher movie franchise to work, Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson have all played the character but none have truly captured Marvel’s dark hearted hero.
Eight years on from when he first played him, Thomas Jane is back as Frank Castle but this time it’s not on the big screen. The 10 minute short is going by the name of ‘Dirty Laundry’ and is produced by the actor’s own production company Raw Studios.
The actor calls it a “love letter to the character”, but surely this is a bit of a grey area as Raw Studios don’t own the rights to the character.
“I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.” Thomas Jane
Is this a back door to get a sequel to the 2004 movie? A web-series? Or is it just a bit of fun from a life long fan of the comic books? There’s certainly life in the character yet and Jane should be applauded for trying to do something different. After all, the Mortal Kombat online series is now being developed into a new movie, so there’s hope we’ll see a new Punisher film yet.
Considering he’s made it off his own back for no other reason than to show his understanding of material, why not do a low budget gritty Punisher movie or full web-series. 2008’s War Zone was a very poor effort, even the charms of lovable giant Ray Stevenson couldn’t save it. Oh and where was Dominic West supposed to be from with that dodgy accent? However, Marvel Studios are unlikely to go down this route which is a shame as the style of Dirty Laundry really suits the world of The Punisher.
The ultra violent short also features Ron Perlman and if the music sounds familiar then you’re a true geek, it’s none other than Hans Zimmer’s score from The Dark Knight.
We can already hear the sound of the lawsuit being typed up.