Clive Owen says Trouble Is My Business

Clive Owen as a hard-bitten noir ‘private eye? Can’t see it ourselves.

Okay, we really can, and so can Frank Miller, who has agreed to adapt the Raymond Chandler novella Trouble Is My Business for Universal. And he wants Owen – who he helped direct in Sin City – as the antihero.

It looks like the love affair goes two ways: "Frank Miller knows more about noir than anyone I have ever met, and clearly the writing of Raymond Chandler has been an enormous influence on his life and his work," Owen told Variety. "Miller adapting Chandler seemed like a perfect match."

This latest project will likely have to wait for Miller to finish off work on classic comic adaptation The Spirit, but if Trouble works, Universal is hoping to launch a franchise.