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Madman comic cover

In 1998, Rodriguez acquired the film rights to Mike Allred's Madman comics. Both he and Allred gave numerous signals as to the start of production over the years, but as both had been occupied with other projects (Allred was instrumental in connecting Rodriguez with Frank Miller, leading to the production of Sin City), no results emerged despite both remaining eager to see the film made. In a 2000 interview, Allred mentioned that he had had contact with Robin Williams for the role of Dr. Flem. At a February 2006 appearance at WonderCon, Allred announced that he and Rodriguez hoped to begin filming in May of that year; he teased fans in attendance by saying that the titular role had already been cast, "but I can't tell you who it is yet." However, in December 2006 it was announced that George Huang would take over writing/directing duties, with Rodriguez stepping back to a producer role; in a January 2007 interview Allred indicated that no roles had been cast yet.

In 2015, Allred indicated on Twitter that the rights to Madman had reverted to him, and in June 2018 stated that a film production "would have to take a set up even better than what I had with [Robert Rodriguez]" which he considered unlikely.

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