Director Jonathan Demme Wants To Get The Party Started As 'Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman'

Jonathan DemmeLeave it to the guy who's directed such a diverse array of films -- from "Silence of the Lambs" to "Philadelphia" to "Something Wild" -- to pick a comic book series so obscure that even we here at Splash Page have never heard of it as the top property that he'd love to direct. Not surprisingly, that's exactly what award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme did when MTV News caught up with him and popped the question.

"I don't know if you've ever heard of 'Reid Fleming, The World's Toughest Milkman?'" asked Demme. "It was a 'Zap Comics' character, and I wanted to do a 'Reid Fleming' movie. 'Let's Get This Party started!' he'd say every time he showed up somewhere."

For those of you who are curious (us included), "Reid Felming" -- first introduced by creator David Boswell in 1978 -- followed the titular character who seemed to take his job (as a milkman, in case you couldn't have guessed) way too seriously to the point where he'd get into psychostic fights with customers and the occasional innocent bystander. An underground fave, movie rights to the franchise were purchased in the 1990s but to date, Hollywood plans have laid dormant.

'Fleming' aside, Demme eventually threw us a bone and talked about a comic book series that we actually have heard of that he wanted to be attached to -- only co-directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini beat him to the punch.

"I wanted to do a film of 'American Splendor' and talked to Harvey Pekar back when it was first coming out," related Demme. "[Obviously] It didn't come together."

So what say you, comic fans? Demme on "American Splendor?" Or would you see a comic flick about a super-powered milkman (who the heck wouldn't?!)? We wanna hear about it in the comments!